Thursday, 7 December 2006

Reactions to Mark Lawrence

Several people have analysed what Mark Lawrence wrote to standing committees and bishops in connection with their forthcoming decisions on whether or not to consent to his election as bishop of South Carolina:

Mark Harris has written twice: first here, and then here. Tobias Haller wrote about this also, here. And also Andrew Gerns is here.

Addition Monday 11 Dec
I apologise for inadvertently omitting this Living Church report of 6 December: Bishop-elect Lawrence Sees Election Resistance in Broader Context which contains his own comments on the approval process.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Thursday, 7 December 2006 at 11:56pm GMT | TrackBack
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Many, many, many thanks to Harris, Haller, Gerns and others for clearing up a typical new conservative definitional confusion: The Anglican Communion arises now - and once arose in a previous historical era - as a dependent creature of its provincial constituent members, including of course TEC. Thus the worldwide communion depends on all of its provinces where witness/worship/service stands in varied cultural realities, and not the other way round. It is entirely possible to hear the new conserved lament that this is the fact, without agreeing with the presuppositional thrust that wishes away the facts and replaces them with a more congenial conservative fantasy that the commuion somehow created the dependent provinces, and so stands over and above and against them in this or that loudly hyped new conserved manner.

Nothing of this emergence or dependency has actually changed, institutionally, loud and repetitive new conserved believer claims all to the contrary notwithstanding. Constitutional changes voted to diocesan documents notwithstanding, either. (Until/unless a duly elected sitting GC votes those changes, properly.)

This reminds me that the Primate meetings are advisory, not law (canon or otherwise), not doctrinally definitive as confessions or Magisterium.

What a lovely, brief break from all the wild conservative two churches spin. Many thanks.

Posted by: drdanfee on Friday, 8 December 2006 at 4:10pm GMT
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