Tuesday, September 25, 2007

"You'll complain. We'll pretend to give a damn."

A must read from Christopher Johnson at the Midwest Conservative Journal on the bishops' response:

Kids! Fudge is ready!

The House of Bishops concurs with Resolution EC011 of the Executive Council. This Resolution commends the Report of the Communion Sub-Group of the Joint Standing Committee of the Anglican Consultative Council and the Primates of the Anglican Communion as an accurate evaluation of Resolution B033 of the 2006 General Convention, calling upon bishops with jurisdiction and Standing Committees "to exercise restraint by not consenting to the consecration of any candidate to the episcopate whose manner of life presents a challenge to the wider church and will lead to further strains on communion." The House acknowledges that non-celibate gay and lesbian persons are included among those to whom B033 pertains.

Boilerplate. The Bishops may have thought that acknowledging that "non-celibate gay and lesbian persons are included among those to whom B033 pertains" was a radical step but it's nothing we didn't already know. Besides, we may see how serious they are in November at the Chicago episocopal election. Given their stance on same-sex marriages, they may not be very serious at all.

We, the members of the House of Bishops, pledge not to authorize for use in our dioceses any public rites of blessing of same-sex unions until a broader consensus emerges in the Communion,

Translation: until you bigots realize that we're right.

or until General Convention takes further action. In the near future we hope to be able to draw upon the benefits of the Communion-wide listening process.

When we tell you to your bigoted faces that you're wrong and we're right.

In the meantime, it is important to note that no rite of blessing for persons living in same-sex unions has been adopted or approved by our General Convention. In addition to not having authorized liturgies the majority of bishops do not make allowance for the blessing of same-sex unions. We do note that in May 2003 the Primates said we have a pastoral duty "to respond with love and understanding to people of all sexual orientations." They further stated, "…[I]t is necessary to maintain a breadth of private response to situations of individual pastoral care."

We haven't officially authorized it and most of us don't allow it anyway so it's not really happening. And while the Primates may have indicated that it "is necessary to maintain a breadth of private response to situations of individual pastoral care," the Primates also indicated in the Dromantine and Dar es Salaam Communiqu├ęs that same-sex marriages were to stop happening. So I guess you have to read between the lines or something to understand how this complies.

We affirm the Presiding Bishop’s plan to appoint episcopal visitors for dioceses that request alternative oversight. Such oversight would be provided by bishops who are a part of and subject to the communal life of this province. We believe this plan is consistent with and analogous to Delegated Episcopal Pastoral Oversight (DEPO) as affirmed by the Windsor Report (paragraph 152). We thank those bishops who have generously offered themselves for this ministry. We hope that dioceses will make use of this plan and that the Presiding Bishop will continue conversation with those dioceses that may feel the need for such ministries. We appreciate and need to hear all voices in The Episcopal Church.

In other words, we support a plan that's temporary, under our complete control and already dead-on-arrival. But, gosh, something has to be done about The Worst Thing That Has Ever Happened In The History of Christianity. It makes us cry just to think about it and we're not sure we can get through this next paragraph. . .

Read it all.

1 comment:

Judith L said...

TEC= The All Time Lucy

The Rest of Us= Charlie Brown