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-Episcopal Head Wants to Clear Thing Up?

by Dr. D ~ July 23rd, 2009

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(Photo: Episcopal News Service / Jim DeLa)

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori did not like how the media reported on and covered the recent Episcopal Conference in Anaheim, CA. She is concerned that the press only keyed in on several controversial resolutions and didn’t really cover the efforts of the church to reach out to diverse communities.

She complains that the media cast 2 resolutions as rejections of the Anglican international community where as from her perspective it was not. The two resolutions were Resolution D025, titled “Anglican Communion: Commitment and Witness to Anglican Communion,” and Resolution C056, titled “Liturgies for Blessings.”

Here’s what is in the resolutions according to a Christian Post article:

While D025 states that The Episcopal Church reaffirms its “abiding commitment” to the Anglican Communion, it also states that the church body affirms that “God has called and may call … to any ordained ministry in The Episcopal Church” gay and lesbian persons “living in lifelong committed relationships characterized by fidelity, monogamy, mutual affection and respect, careful, honest communication, and the holy love which enables those in such relationships to see in each other the image of God."

C056, meanwhile, granted permission to bishops to “provide generous pastoral response to meet the needs of members of this Church,” in light of new legislation authorizing marriage, civil unions or domestic partnerships for gay and lesbian persons. It also noted the need to consider providing theological and liturgical resources for the blessing of same gender relationships.

Response: This is tantamount to having your cake, eating it and expecting it to still be there! The Anglican Community in an international conference censored the Episcopal Church USA and forbade them from ordaining any more gay bishops and condemned homosexual blessings. Now the Episcopal conference votes to continue ordaining gays and lesbians and blessing their relationships while saying at the same time that they consider their relationship to the international Anglican community to be very important—but choose to ignore the rulings by international body as binding.

It will be interesting to see how the Anglican Bishops respond. One thing for sure, the two resolutions will not endear them or bring them closer to the more conservative Anglican Bishops. 

Also, look for the conservative Anglican movement in the USA to pick up steam and be sanctioned by the international body.           *Top 

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