Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Bishops Speak

The Episcopal House of Bishops have issued their statement in response to the Primates and the Anglican Communion.

We at The Episcopal Majority are not of one mind about the bishops' statement. Some of us applaud it, and some of us decry it. In the next few posts, we will share those views.

Meanwhile, you can catch up on the current commentary at the sites we have linked before.


Blogger Brian said...

I note an Australian Associated Press (27 Sep 07) report that the head of the Anglican Church in Australia, the Most Revd Dr Philip Aspinall, Archbishop of Brisbane (who was the press spokesman for the Dar Es Salaam meeting) has welcomed the US Bishops' response.

"I believe that the House of Bishops has responded positively to all the requests put to them by the primates in our Dar es Salaam communique. Certainly they have responded to the substance of those requests. I would now like the time to undertake careful analysis of the House of Bishops response, but my initial reaction based both on my preliminary reading of the document itself and on my first-hand conversations with many of the Bishops involved is that the house has responded positively to the substance of all the requests made by the primates."

Plainly the willingness of the US bishops to limit the role played by gay and lesbian people in the life of their Church is at odds with their affirmation that they "proclaim the Gospel that in Christ all God's children, including gay and lesbian persons, are full and equal participants in the life of Christ’s Church."

That said, the US church has done more than any other Anglican/Episcopal church to affirm gay and lesbian people, which should be acknowledged and applauded. The American bishops have done all in their power (a power limited by the polity of their Church) to bring oneness in Christ. Those who say it is not enough may do as they please.

9/27/2007 2:32 AM  
Blogger Liz+ said...

I suppose one reason we're in the Episcopal Church is that we _can_ be of more than one mind on just about anything. That's a positive sign.

On the other hand, our bishops continue to accept responsibility for keeping the Communion together, thereby causing them to relegate some of our sisters and brothers to the servants entrance rather than the front door. All they have to do with the ABC and his henchmen is say NO. They're obviously too weak to do this. The unfortunate aspect of the HoB is that they are so self-congratulatory about their work. They still haven't figured out that this is not about their wonderful meetings.

Personally? I think they're working much too hard to maintain an unhealthy unity in a group of churches who want more than anything to split in two. It's time they stopped being the whipping girls and boys for the bullies with mitres. I used to consider their statements and actions political. I'm slowly coming to the point of calling their statements and actions cowardly.

9/27/2007 12:36 PM  

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