Comments: News from the Big Blue Tent (12)

David Walker's reference to the Franciscans reminds me of the story about St. Francis telling his followers that "perfect joy" consists of being totally rejected and abused by those who one thinks would be most likely to welcome and love them. It begins to look as though not only gays and lesbians, but all of us in the North American Anglican churches are going to have to find "perfect joy" in being categorized as inferior Christians worthy of marginalization, exclusion and defamation.

Posted by Orville Endicott at Monday, 28 July 2008 at 10:52pm BST

It's worth noting, I think, that Bishop Robinson has prayed Mattins with this Franciscan community each day that he's been in Canterbury.

Posted by WilliamK at Monday, 28 July 2008 at 11:04pm BST

thanks for these daily insights: I have been sharing them with my parish here in Australia, who have enjoyed them.

Posted by Scott Moncrieff at Tuesday, 29 July 2008 at 12:26am BST

Bishop Walker, with respect --- I hope you have read the responses to your previous posting. I hope you have also taken note of the news out of the United States of the shooting at the Unitarian church in Tennessee by a man who hates liberals and gays. It could just as well have been my liberal, gay-friendly Episcopal church one state over. Africans are not the only ones who suffer for their witness. The refusal to treat LBGT people as equal beings has consequences everywhere. Thank God for the principled witness of the Episcopal Church. One can only pray it continues to grow and expand. Please don't stand in the way.

Posted by Phyllis at Tuesday, 29 July 2008 at 1:35am BST

Blessed Francis was seen to break into a dance of joy and saying "Blessed are you, Lord God, for choosing the unworthiest of your creatures to preach the Gospel".

No doubt Bishop Gene, and all the other gay priests and bishops around the world can echo that wonderful statement of the humble servant of God - Saint Francis, pray for us, sinners!

God have mercy on me - a sinner!

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Tuesday, 29 July 2008 at 4:01am BST

We are following the conference from TA in Brazil. Thank you for the service you are offering for the whole communion.

Some papers are saying that The Most Rev Gregory Venables is the head of the church in South America. We are very concerned about it here in Brazil, because we are an autonomous province and we are definitely not aligned with most of the Soth Cone positions, and we were not at GAFCON!

Maybe you could try to speak to some of the Brazilian bishops present at the conference. There are ten of them. Thank you.

Posted by Lucas at Tuesday, 29 July 2008 at 1:40pm BST

Most Anglicans,at least, are aware that Gregory Venables is not the Primate of the whole of South America but only of the 'Southern Cone'. However, with only a few thousand people within his purlieu as Archbishop of the Southern Cone, he may want to be SEEN to be the Primate of All the countries of South America.

The real problem proably stems from his recent incursion into the Province of the American Episcopal Church, where he has recently - against all the assurance given by the Anglican Bishops at the last Lambeth Conference - sought to take under his wing various parishes and dioceses of TEC (and maybe Canada) under the excuse of being their protector from doctrinal error.

Such hubris appears not to have been taken seriously by the bishops at Lambeth (where he is presently situated on campus at the University of Kent), where he may even be given recognition as a 'defender of the faith' around the Communion.

Meanwhile, a legally elected and consecrated bishop of TEC, the Right Reverend Gene Robinson is allowed to languish on the sidelines. Where is the justice in that?

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Wednesday, 30 July 2008 at 12:22am BST
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