anthills–Episcopalians & the Anglican Communion

April 28, 2006

-A SWING AND A MISS

Filed under: Anglican, Anglican Communion, ECUSA, General Convention — anthill @ 8:30 am

The retiring bishop of the Diocese of California, William Swing, has posted an essay — "The Episcopal Church in the Balance" — at the diocese website. It is about what the Episcopal Church (USA) is really facing at General Convention.

It seems to him the crisis is not about how to apply Scripture, reason, and tradition to an important moral question. Nor is it about how to approach such decisions in communion with the international family that is your home in catholic Christianity.

It is about freedom, power-struggles, and church property. You should read this whole thing. It is probably a view deep into the minds of insiders in the leadership of ECUSA.

The only part of this rant that approaches a biblical theme is the word “freedom.” But is this the freedom in Christ found in the New Testament? We don’t know from the article, because the bishop doesn’t engage the New Testament or the gospel.

Freedom as he describes it is more freedom of movement or freedom in an institutional sense.

This essay is a depressing example of not granting any legitimate issues to your opposition. Swing sees his opponents as all about power and property when it gets right down to it. They must be using Scriptural concerns as a cloak for their power-plays. Swing allows no other room for their putative issues.

The title of Swing's essay shows how seriously he means to be taken. For the senior bishop in the House of Bishops to write like this adds greatly to the bleak outlook for General Convention. Knowing that he is still the leader of the diocese which has three gay priests in partnerships nominated to replace him is downright ominous.

Thanks to CaNN for the alert.

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3 Comments »

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    Comment by fundownload — April 13, 2006 @ 1:04 pm

  2. […] – A SWING AND A MISS– “The retiring bishop of the Diocese of California, William Swing, has posted an essay”… (anthill) […]

    Pingback by CaNN :: We started it. — April 20, 2006 @ 8:38 am

  3. You should read this whole thing. It is probably a view deep into the minds of insiders in the leadership of ECUSA.

    Be careful with your wording, anthill. Some of the readers here may not be aware that the minds of the ECUSA leadership are sufficiently shallow that “deep” amounts to “the thickness of a small oil slick.”

    This is why when asked for theology, they do pop psychology, and when asked for ecclesiology, they do politics. (Come to think of it, they tend to do politics when asked anything…)

    Comment by Craig Goodrich — April 25, 2006 @ 4:26 pm


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