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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

The Archbishop of Canterbury an TEC: A Response

I believe that the Archibishop of Canterbury has made it perfectly clear concerning the level of division within the Anglican Communion partly due to the actions of the 2003 Episcopal Church's (USA) decision to consecrate an openly and practising homosexual to the office of bishop. It seems that in the very recent days ahead a structural response will be issued and beginning. Here are some key statements within the paragraph that I find very important:
The recent resolutions of the General Convention have not produced a complete response to the challenges of the Windsor Report, but on this specific question there is at the very least an acknowledgement of the gravity of the situation in the extremely hard work that went into shaping the wording of the final formula.
Thus if other churches have said, in the wake of the events of 2003 that they cannot remain fully in communion with the American Church, this should not be automatically seen as some kind of blind bigotry against gay people. Where such bigotry does show itself it needs to be made clear that it is unacceptable; and if this is not clear, it is not at all surprising if the whole question is reduced in the eyes of many to a struggle between justice and violent prejudice. It is saying that, whatever the presenting issue, no member Church can make significant decisions unilaterally and still expect this to make no difference to how it is regarded in the fellowship; this would be uncomfortably like saying that every member could redefine the terms of belonging as and when it suited them.
It isn’t a question of throwing people into outer darkness, but of recognising that actions have consequences – and that actions believed in good faith to be ‘prophetic’ in their radicalism are likely to have costly consequences.
The nature of prophetic action is that you do not have a cast-iron guarantee that you’re right.
Read the entire post from the Archbishop's site.

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