ECUSA Bishops Kick Communique

For those following the ATC (Anglican Train Crash) you won’t be surprised that the Communique which came out of the conference in Tanzania a few weeks ago has been kicked out by the Episcopalian Bishops. The communnique was a last attempt to bring the Episcopal Church to heel regarding homosexuality. In it the bishops of the majority developing world attempted to impose discipline on the Episcopal Church.

The Episcopal Bishops met in Texas and issued this statement. Between the pious gobbledegook they are basically saying that the rest of the Anglican Church had ‘better get off mah land, ‘fore ah get mah gun…”

What we’re seeing is the Anglican Church slowly defining its real ecclesiology. They try to work some sort of episcopal collegiality to resolve and issue and impose discipline, and as soon as they do, the recalcitrant party asserts their independence. So the Anglican Communion is realizing that it is a confederation of independent Protestant churches–sort of like the World Council of Churches, or the Southern Baptist Convention or the IFCA.

Here are the relevant paragraphs:

Also notice the dodge at the end: instead of addressing their own problems as pointed by the meeting in Tanzania, they accuse the rest of the Anglicans of not being concerned enough about homophobia…

It is our strong desire to remain within the fellowship of the Anglican Communion. The Primates’ Communiqué, however, raises significant concerns. First among these is what is arguably an unprecedented shift of power toward the Primates, represented, in part, by the proposed “Pastoral Scheme.” This proposed plan calls for the appointment of a Primatial Vicar and Pastoral Council for The Episcopal Church whose membership would consist of “up to five members; two nominated by the Primates, two by the Presiding Bishop, and a Primate of a Province of the Anglican Communion nominated by the Archbishop of Canterbury to chair the Council.” We believe this proposal contravenes the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church. Moreover, because it is proposed that this scheme take immediate effect, we were compelled, at this March meeting, to request that the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church decline to participate in this aspect of the Communiqué’s requests. Nonetheless, we pledge to continue working to find a way of meeting the pastoral concerns raised by the Primates that are compatible with our own Church’s polity and canons. We should note that our recommendation to Executive Council not to participate in the Pastoral Scheme, though not unanimously endorsed by this House, came at the conclusion of long and gracious conversation.

Finally, we believe that the leaders of the Church must always hold basic human rights and the dignity of every human being as fundamental concerns in our witness for Christ. We were, therefore, concerned that while the Communiqué focuses on homosexuality, it ignores the pressing issues of violence against gay and lesbian people around the world, and the criminalization of homosexual behavior in many nations of the world.

  • kkollwitz

    The “pious gobbledegook” coming out of ECUSA these days is so remarkable that for weeks now I’ve been reading excerpts out loud to my wife so we can both marvel.

  • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    It’s fizzy soft drink when we want good red wine.

  • Stephen Wikner

    . . . in Lent and on Friday? Tut, tut Father.

  • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    It was a metaphor…

  • gsk

    Vultus Christi had a beautiful meditation on today’s readings which applies:”The conscience itself can be perverted by repeated compromises with sin. There are those who would extinguish the light of Natural Law; there are those who would contest the revealed Law of God. The result is a sick conscience. Unsound reasoning means unhealthy reasoning or, put more bluntly, sick reasoning. “Thus they reasoned, but they were led astray, for their wickedness blinded them, and they did not know the secret purposes of God, nor hope for the wages of holiness, nor discern the prize for blameless souls” (Wis 2:21-22).”[]We see it everywhere. We can all marvel at how twisted people can be to rationalise their guilt. We probably do it on occasion, thus staying close to confession is essential. Ooops. They dumped confession a while back, right?