The pastoral visitors, a primarily English boys club

If one were trying to make members of the Episcopal Church suspicious of the new "pastoral visitors" who have "named by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to assist in healing and reconciliation given the current tensions in the Anglican Communion," here is what one would do:

  • Have the visitors consist primarily of members of the Church of England.
  • Make sure that none were women.
  • Have them meet for a private briefing before their appointments are announced.
  • Include on the briefing team at least one former member of the board of directors of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, who urged that the provisions of the Primates communique from Dar es Salaam be imposed on the Episcopal Church against its will.
  • Make sure none of the briefers are women, either.

Read on. They went five for five. Fortunately these people have no power, but if you want a sense of what the new Anglican world order that Rowan Williams and supporters of the proposed Anglican Covenant are constantly pushing for, consider this a preview.

Comments (11)

From ENS: "participants heard briefings from ... and members of the faculty at Virginia Theological Seminary."

It might be that some of those were briefers were women.

Ah. Women who weren't worth mentioning.

Your comments were my thoughts when I read the press release this morning. Rowan seems hell-bent on destroying the communion.

James Holloway

Point taken, Jim -- the link to ENS uses the ACNS http://www.anglicancommunion.org/acns/news.cfm/2009/3/2/ACNS4582
link for the mention of VTS faculty as briefers without naming them. If there were women, they weren't worth mentioning.

Just like the Bible. We have to nail your head with a tent peg to get named.

I wonder if the appointments were made with a thought towards acceptability of the pastoral visitors to those who might use their services. Who else would call them?

Which one had been on the IRD (sic) Board?

The Rev. Ephraim Radner

As long as they have no power, let them come. Since I think any conversation has some value, and have interest in the process rather than having a specific goal in mind, let them come.

Now, I expect don't expect much. Lelanda, I think those we might most expect would in fact be those least likely to request them, since many of the loudest critics of the Episcopal Church want the Communion to have emissaries with teeth, real power to punish. These folks don't have that. By the same token, good conversation, ultimately, will only reveal (and not hide) if the draft Covenant is headed in a direction that the Episcopal Church can't sign on to.

But, if we're really interested in "the highest degree of communion possible," however low, conversation is worthwhile. Let them come.

Marshall Scott

Seems like in these economic hard times the money could be spent for better purposes. Who is paying for all this flying about? Over $1000 for each of them just in airline tickets plus the carbon cost of flying.

Just like the Bible. We have to nail your head with a tent peg to get named.

*ROFL*, Ann! ;-D

New Item for GC agenda: obtain new "liturgical implements" for ++KJaelS. ;-/

JC Fisher

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