Friday, July 18, 2008

Canon law "blueprint" being worked on at Lambeth [?!]

Huuummmm. . . . wonder what the real story is here. Very interesting, I would say, if true.

From Ruth Gledhill at the Times (actual news story, not blogging) [boldface mine]:

. . . And behind the scenes the Archbishop - who believes that God takes care of the results only if His people put in the footwork - is engineering a daring and complex plan. Canon lawyers are working on a canon law “blueprint”, an Anglican version of the Roman Catholic code that would provide a basis for legislative unity. It is likely to become a fifth “instrument of communion” to bind the Church, adding to the four that exist - the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lambeth Conference, the Anglican Consultative Council and the primates.

Dr Williams writes in the foreword of The Principles of Canon Law, which sets out the basis of the blueprint handed to bishops at the conference, that it will not solve the communion's problems, but is a “unique resource for thinking more carefully about the sort of unity and coherence we should aspire to in our fellowship of churches”.

Moderate conservatives are also drawing up plans to allow overseas primates to function in the Episcopal Church of the USA as pastors for evangelical churches offended by the liberal direction. It is hoped that the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, Katharine Jefferts Schori, might agree to this to allow the communion to hold together. She is understood to be “aware” of the discussions.

This would leave the primates of Nigeria, Rwanda and Uganda, which have flouted the authority of Bishop Jefferts Schori by illicitly consecrating bishops to serve in the US, out in the cold but would permit moderate evangelical bishops and provinces, to stay in the communion with integrity.

Dr Williams's advisers are also working on ways of trying to persuade the US Church not to go any farther down the path of liberalisation and of taking action against provinces that have conducted illicit consecrations.

On the surface, it is all Jesus, God and Holy Spirit at Canterbury. The bishops are hugging and making up.

But behind the scenes it is murder in the cathedral as usual. And Dr Williams is loving every minute.

Read it all.

2 comments:

robroy said...

Dr Williams's advisers are also working on ways of trying to persuade the US Church not to go any farther down the path of liberalisation

As Sarah Hey points out, the liberals can't stop themselves. The homosexual marriage just a few weeks before Lambeth is a good example. Who doubts that B033 won't be repealed at GC09.

Anne Coletta said...

I know, robroy - I laughed when I read that sentence - what possible ways of persuasion could they possibly come up with?