Comments: Network to cease operation

"God did not use the Network (ACN) to change the direction of the Episcopal Church as we had originally hoped.." - former Bishop Robert Duncan

Oh, indeed! Surprise, surprise! What was it then, about the expressed purposes of the former *Anglican Communion Network* that God seemingly didn't go along with? Was it anything at all to do with the puritanical tendencies of it's constituent membership? Or was it the prospect of a return to modern-day Pharisaism in the Church?

Only the future will reveal what might have been God's thoughts about the intended 'new province', which is still awaiting the approval of the Primates, the Primus inter pares, and the members of the Anglican Consultative Council before it can be considered to have earned membership of the world-wide Anglican Communion.

Kyrie Eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison!

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Wednesday, 10 December 2008 at 10:52am GMT

"the Steering Committee enter into conversation with that part of the membership of the Anglican Communion Network remaining in The Episcopal Church as to whether they might desire to take upon themselves the original mantle of the Anglican Communion Network."

The recent creation of a "Third Province" in the Anglican Church has left a void in the Episcopal Church of the United States. There is urgent need for Fifth Column members to continue the Gospel work of reviling, slandering, and goading anyone who does not subscribe to an extreme conservative political agenda. If these positions are not filled immediately, Republican/IRD plans to silence any voices opposing conservative domestic and foreign poicy will be severely hampered. The situation is particularly dire now that the forces of evil and liberalism have gained control of the White House. Immediate action is needed to protect Western Christian society from the Demoncrats. Those interested can be assured of acceptance upon application.

Is there need for a sarcasm alert?

Posted by Ford Elms at Wednesday, 10 December 2008 at 11:52am GMT

IMHO Bob Duncan man is really sick and these people have made him even more sick. After several years of hearing, seeing and talking with Duncan I've come to the conclusion that he really does need help.

This quote really comes to mind: "Joe Gillis: [narrating] How could she breathe in that house full of Norma Desmonds? Around every corner, Norma Desmonds... more Norma Desmonds... and still more Norma Desmonds."

From Wikipedia
Megalomania (from the Greek word μεγαλομανία) is a historical term for behavior characterized by delusional fantasies of wealth, power, genius, or omnipotence - often generally termed as delusions of grandeur or grandiose delusions. It is a Greek word ,"megalo" meaning "very large", "great", or "exaggerated" and "mania" meaning obsession thus combining to denote an obsession with, either in the form of irrational perceived need for or preoccupation with in one's own estimation having and/or obtaining, grandiosity and extravagance (especially in the form of great fame and popularity, material wealth, social influence or political power, or more than one or even all of the aforesaid) and accompanying complete desirous and bombastic abandon; a common symptom if not the key diagnostic feature of megalomania. It may be a symptom of manic or paranoid disorders.[citation needed] However it is not considered a distinct mental disorder of itself according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Just for the record, I work in the mental health field.
On the flip side one man's crazy is another's savior.

Prayers for Bob Duncan.

Posted by BobinSWPA at Wednesday, 10 December 2008 at 1:34pm GMT

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear...

Posted by Göran Koch-Swahne at Wednesday, 10 December 2008 at 2:24pm GMT

The passing of an extinguished torch.

Posted by Tobias Haller at Wednesday, 10 December 2008 at 2:56pm GMT

And I see that the Christian Challenge is ceasing publication as well. Perhaps these folks are finally running out of money. How many bishops and programs can a group of 100,000 (at the largest estimate)support?

Posted by jnwall at Wednesday, 10 December 2008 at 4:38pm GMT

“We remain sisters and brothers in Christ, regardless of our way forward. We will certainly be looking at ways we can continue to support each other as the Network transitions over the next few months” said Bishop Duncan.

In other words, we will continue to vitriolic slander.

The worst part is, it looks as if Pittsburgh is going to be their national headquarters. Lucky us, like Lynchburg VA will we be known as the center of another group of evangelical, homophobic Christians.

Posted by bobinswpa at Wednesday, 10 December 2008 at 5:34pm GMT

"God did not use the Network to change the direction of The Episcopal Church as we had originally hoped."

It occurs to me there may have been another effect of all this. There is a considerable number of people who have just been getting on with the business of being Christians in the Episcopal Church. They probably don't know many, if any, gay people, and have never really understood what all this gay rights business is about, nor why gay people can't just BE gay. Why do they have to keep demanding "rights"? Well, they know now. Just by virtue of being members of TEC or the ACC, they have been called apostates and faithless, accused of "preaching another Gospel", of not really believing anything. They have had unbelievable anger, plotting, lies, misrepresentation, and slander hurled at them. I wonder how many of them are thinking "Oh, so THAT'S what gay people are talking about. Some people hate gays so much they forget the tenets of the religion that has defined their lives. So strong is their hatred, they abandon the Gospel." Really. I wonder how many out there have come to understand us a lot better now that they have experienced some of the hatred and venom we deal with as a part of life. And might that just be the hand of God?

Posted by Ford Elms at Wednesday, 10 December 2008 at 6:06pm GMT

It's the old "Declare Victory and Leave" strategy.

Posted by JCF at Wednesday, 10 December 2008 at 10:44pm GMT

As in "Mission Accomplished!" but not really...

Posted by susan hedges at Thursday, 11 December 2008 at 12:46am GMT

Oh heck, just when I had adjusted to hating the sinner and loving the, or was it the otherway around...whatever, David Anderson finally got crowned even though the ¨place to stand¨ is in shambles.

Posted by Leonardo Ricardo at Thursday, 11 December 2008 at 3:49am GMT

Ford, I think you are on to something here.

I wonder also if the kinds of things that went on at GAFCON, the recent CEEC meeting, and so on might have finally opened a few eyes in the Church of England. They've had a taste now of what the US and Canadian Churches have had to endure for decades, and they've found they don't like it. Well, neither do we.

Posted by Charlotte at Thursday, 11 December 2008 at 4:01am GMT

"It's the old "Declare Victory and Leave" strategy"

aka "creating reality through definitions..."


Posted by Göran Koch-Swahne at Thursday, 11 December 2008 at 6:25am GMT

"How many bishops and programs can a group of 100,000 (at the largest estimate)support?"

Oh, but the givings from members are only a drop in the bucket of this group's funding. But, with Bush out of the White House, IRD's funding might be dwindling, so they may be less able to support their Episcopal Wing. Anyone have an update on this?

Posted by Ford Elms at Thursday, 11 December 2008 at 12:53pm GMT

With luck and prayer and blessing, the much vaunted rightist realignment may well go the way of Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz. Existing, still amusingly and fairly welcome in the public square so long as people promise to play fairly with others in that square, but minus all the holier than thou-isms and minus the special powers to lord it all over everybody else using any number of different economic or political or social levers. As bald-naked Creationisms go, so will go the worst features of this horrid campaign for realignment. Watch, pray, give thanks, delight.

Posted by drdanfee at Thursday, 11 December 2008 at 8:18pm GMT

Isn't it marvelous how Bob Duncan always knows precisely what it is the mind of God!

(Even more wondrous, of course, is how God's mind is always and in every way identical to Bob Duncan's!)

Posted by JPM at Friday, 12 December 2008 at 2:44pm GMT

"the much vaunted rightist realignment may well go the way of Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz."

Is it too early yet to start work on a new Canticle, on the lines of the Song of Moses and Miriam?

"The overseer and his presbyters hath he cast into the midst of the sea."

Posted by Ford Elms at Friday, 12 December 2008 at 4:06pm GMT
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