anthills–Episcopalians & the Anglican Communion

April 8, 2006

-PLEA BARGAIN

Filed under: Anglican Communion, ECUSA, The Windsor Report — anthill @ 10:52 pm

From the Report of the Special Commission on the Anglican Communion, page 17, para. 47: "The Communion is presently wrestling with the issue of same-gender sexual activity and its implications for fitness for ordination and episcopal office."

No, the Communion is not. The Archbishop of Canterbury said recently (and everyone on the Commission must know the quote by heart): “In my judgment, we cannot properly or usefully reopen the discussion as if Resolution 1.10 of Lambeth 1998 did not continue to represent the general mind of the Communion.” To not "reopen" is way, way short of "wrestling with" the issue.

But, the Commission's bare assertion then becomes their basis for not recommending a moratorium on gay consecrations. No moratorium without full promise of engagement first.

All this after the Commission accepts on the previous page that the approval of Robinson was "out of sequence, given the unresolved question of the blessing of same-sex unions." This is rich!

It is like a person convicted of DWI and awaiting sentence, requiring that the judge engage in a debate about the goodness of drinking and driving.

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5 Comments »

  1. This is a watershed moment. Will ECUSA bow before the authority of belonging to Communion, or will they become a small, singnifcant secular gathering of likeminded agendics?

    Comment by Milton Finch — April 9, 2006 @ 9:53 am

  2. Milton–“Watershed”–yes. But will it be a sharp, well-defined watershed or a low, broad thing where much water soaks in before it starts flowing one way or the other? Will this go on for a long, long time?

    Comment by anthill — April 11, 2006 @ 10:25 am

  3. […] – PLEA BARGAIN– Report, page 17, para. 47: “The Communion is presently wrestling with the issue of same-gender sexual activity and its implications for fitness for ordination and episcopal office.” No, the Communion is not. The Archbishop of Canterbury said recently (and everyone on the Commission must know the quote by heart): “In my judgment, we cannot properly or usefully reopen the discussion as if Resolution 1.10 of Lambeth 1998 did not continue to represent the general mind of the Communion.” To not “reopen” is way, way short of “wrestling with” the issue. Futhermore, Having skimmed it once, I studied the Report of the Special Commission on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion until I came to The Big Lie on page 8: The members of the Special Commission were “intended to represent the diversity and theological breadth of the Episcopal Church….”… (anthill) […]

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  4. All we can hope is that it will be quick.

    It is sort of like the repossession process. The calls begin whent he loan payments are late. They get more frequent as time goes on. Afterthe payment is finally made, it only moves it to one month past due instead of up to date. The calls come more often than ever. Anger starts to rise on both sides. It falls three months behind. Another payment is made. But, alas, that only brings the payments up to two months past due. The calls insue once again with great fervor.

    Finally, the car is repossessed. All is said and done. No more calls. The court makes its decision and the deal is done. No more calls. No more car. Both can get on with the life of living.

    Comment by Milton Finch — April 13, 2006 @ 5:11 pm

  5. Milton–Thanks for the response. I’m afraid that the institutionalists will do everything possible to buy time. This makes the militants on both ends of the spectrum mad. To many Deputies will be quasi-institutionalists. I would bet my money that GC will not turn out well.

    Comment by anthill — April 13, 2006 @ 10:19 pm


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