Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Brad Drell: My conversation/interview with Bishop MacPherson this morning

From Brad Drell at Drell's Descants:

. . . I asked +Bruce [Bishop Bruce MacPherson of the Diocese of Western Louisiana] to expand his thoughts on the New Orleans resolution. He stated that people on both sides were uncomfortable with this resolution. He feels progress was made in the realm of the consent to future bishops engaging in sexual activity outside of marriage. On the floor of the House of Bishops at General Convention in Columbus, some 30 bishops repudiated B033 and stated that would not abide by it. These 30 bishops have now agreed to abide by it. That is what +Bruce means by some progress being made. He feels that this is a significant change from where this house was at General Convention. +Bruce voted against B033 at General Convention, but felt that the New Orleans resolution was clearer (but not perfect).

On the issue of same sex blessings, +Bruce told me that the language was not strong or clear enough. He believes more bishops will take this issue seriously after this meeting, but knows that some bishops are going to continue to do what they have been doing, which is to allow same sex blessings to occur, even though they are not authorized.

+Bruce also confirmed that he believes that Charles Bennison was the only no vote to the resolution. . .

Read it all.

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