Wednesday, June 21, 2006

What one Network church has written its members

Received by e-mail from a Network Church's mailing list:

A couple hours ago, General Convention approved a last-ditch effort at “fudging” compliance with the expectations of the Anglican Communion.

This morning, Presiding Bishop Griswold convened an emergency meeting of the Convention. He called upon the House of Bishops and House of Deputies to consider a new resolution sponsored by Bp Peter Lee (Virginia). This new resolution (B033) is a “fudge” resolution nearly identical to the one which the House of Deputies voted down last night. So, today’s vote was an 11th-hour attempt to fudge acquiescence and keep ECUSA a full member of the Communion.

The fudge resolution does not comply with the spirit and letter of the Windsor Report . The Anglican Communion called for a “moratorium on the election and consent to the consecration of any candidate to the episcopate who is living in a same gender union” (Windsor Report paragraph 134). Instead of a specific moratorium on any new bishops who engage in homosex, ECUSA’s resolution B033 simply invites dioceses to exercise restraint in considering candidates who may in any way offend any other members of the Anglican Communion.

Even with this resolution in place, ECUSA could continue consecrating anyone it wants as bishop.

See this website for a statement from the Anglican Communion Network:


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