What have we done?

The New York Times this morning offers its readers an overview of the House of Bishop meeting taking place later this week with the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Primates Standing Committee and the Standing Comittee of the Anglican Consultative Council. Regular readers of The Lead may find little news in the article. Bishop Parsley was interviewed and here is that portion of the article:

[S]ome bishops, including some theological conservatives, take issue with outsiders telling the American church what to do.

“I think they’re pushing us because they want to polarize the issue,” said Bishop Henry Parsley of Alabama, who did not vote for Bishop Robinson’s consecration. “The primates want us to say that we don’t approve public rites of blessing, and we have not done that. They don’t want us to approve gay bishops in committed relationships, and the 2006 general convention resolution makes that unlikely. Basically, what I’m saying is that what they are asking is essentially already the case.”

Read it here.

Comments (2)

I found this story disappointing. There are many Episcopal bishops who are upbeat about this meeting, and I know the reporter talked to some of them, but their views aren't represented, and the notion that the meeting could end with the Episcopal Church improving its relationship with Archbishop Williams and the Joint Standing Committee is not taken seriously.

Many, many thanks for all you're doing at EpiscopalCafe to give us a breadth of perspective, patience, and solid hope. I'm glad to be able to send people here for much more coverage and more nuanced stories than they'll get in the secular press.

You say elsewhere that the conservative bishops know how to use the press for their own purposes. One recent, very frustrating example, after Laurie Goodstein's coverage in the NY Times of our church's struggles finally began to show some balance, the Times has given us another reporter, Neela Banerjee, whose story of September 16 leads with a headline that simply quotes (yet again) the consistent, dire warning of secessionist bishops -
"Predictions of Episcopal rupture being made again
Break at meeting is forecast over same-sex unions."

Why is it news that they're saying the same thing that they keep saying, keep predicting, and frankly, keeping hoping will be so?

For richness, depth and nuance you're giving us, I also want to thank Episcopal Cafe for drawing our attention to Rowan Williams' recent addresses of September 10 and September 11, and to the Archbishop of York's statements about the church in Zimbabwe.

Thanks for continuing to offer us invaluable pieces of this different story of Canterbury and the C of E working for reconciliation, the power of truth, and asking that churches of the global north and global south speak truth to one another.

Donald Schell

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