Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Bishop Gibbs Votes "Yes" on D025

I suppose I am not surprised that my former bishop would support such a thing. It is disgraceful, though.

Resolution D025 says, in part:

Resolved, That the 76th General Convention recognize that gay and lesbian persons who are part of such relationships have responded to God's call and have exercised various ministries in and on behalf of God's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and are currently doing so in our midst; and be it further

Resolved, That the 76th General Convention affirm that God has called and may call such individuals, to any ordained ministry in The Episcopal Church,; and that God's call to the ordained ministry in The Episcopal Church is a mystery which the Church attempts to discern for all people through our discernment processes acting in accordance with the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church;

I do agree with one part of D025, I guess, and that is that "God's call to the ordained ministry in The Episcopal Church is a mystery!"

Read the entire ammended wording of D025 here.

Your Move, ++Rowan.

I can't say it any better than Christopher Johnson ...

(3) Rethinking those Lambeth invitations, Your Grace? - At some point, the Archbishop of Canterbury has got to get tired of being the Episcopal Organzation’s bitch. Dr. Williams personally killed the Dar es Salaam Primates Communiqué after that New Orleans TEO bishops meeting, he invited TEO bishops to the Lambeth Conference and what did he get in return?

My gracious lord of Canterbury got the chance to fly to Anaheim, California and ask TEO not to repeal B033 only to have the Episcopal bishops that he’d invited to Lambeth spit in his face by a more than 3-1 margin. So what should Rowan Williams do now?

If I’m Dr. Williams, I call an emergency primates meeting, mainly just to see if anyone shows up. I also do four other things. I announce that the meeting has been called to respond to GenCon, I lose the indaba conceit, I throw things wide open and I invite both Mrs. Schori and Archbishop Duncan.

But that’s just me.

(4) ACNA!! ACNAAAAAA!! - Does all this help the chances that the Anglican Church in North America will be recognized by the Church of England? It certainly doesn’t hurt.

Ruth Gledhill reports that the measure has more than enough support, including six bishops(four diocesans and two suffragans), to get it put on General Synod’s February agenda. And if I were Rowan Williams, I certainly wouldn’t be inclined to do Katharine Jefferts Schori any favors.

I would think that the Archbishop of Canterbury is running out of cheeks to turn.