The Telegraph reports that the letter of response to The Episcopal Church Marriage Task Force was written in consultation with the archbishops and the bishop of Coventry.
Simon Sarmiento at Thinking Anglicans puts that in perspective:
Wait. About that letter by Mr Nye to The Episcopal Church Marriage Task Force. Whose views does it represent? A contradicting statement from CoE spox. Thanks @simonsarmiento https://t.co/sgC1gjj1Dc? pic.twitter.com/UwWCz3VUCO
— The Episcopal Cafe (@episcopalcafe) April 30, 2018
Jayne Ozanne tweets,
Well done everybody!!! Archbishops and +Coventry admit they knew of Nye's letter…evidently we now have a "Provincial Secretary".. do remember it was sent in Archbishops' Council notepaper without their knowledge or consent.https://t.co/pw8ClkYsJj
— Jayne Ozanne (@JayneOzanne) April 30, 2018
Ozanne is quoted in the T-graph’s report. She reminds us of what were the reasons Mr. Nye’s letter was the subject of controversy.
Jayne Ozanne, a campaigners for LGBT rights in the church, said: “We are unsure by whose authority the original letter from Nye was sent, given that it was not discussed by the Archbishops’ Council.
“It would be strange if it were sent with the knowledge and support of the Archbishops given their firm commitment to ‘radical Christian inclusion’ and their understanding of the need to be pastorally sensitive to the LGBT community, neither of which area mentioned in the letter.
“What I find even more perplexing is that it does not reflect the level of dissent shown by recent decisions taken by the General Synod.”
Not to mention the letter’s statements on procreation and marriage.
To those reasons can be added the change in the story of who Nye consulted with in writing the letter.
Do the Archbishops affirm the contents of the letter?
Our previous reporting: