"Asked whether (ABC) Williams has adequately addressed the issue of cross-border interventions, Jefferts Schori said: 'I don't think he understands how difficult and painful and destructive it's been both in the church in Canada and for us in the U.S ....when bishops come from overseas and say, "Well, we'll take care of you, you don't have to pay attention to your bishop." Such actions 'destroy pastoral relationships', noted Jefferts Schori. 'It's like an affair in a marriage', she said. 'It destroys trust.' "
- E.N.S. Report -
Bishop Katharine puts the situation very well. comparing inter-Provincial piracy with adultery in marriage is perhaps a rather apt way of describing the effect on the relationship between a shepherd and the flock. Jesus had plenty to say about this, but seemingly it goes over the head of the ABC.
For Canterbury to penalise TEC and the A.C.of C. for their openness to the Gay community - while yet absolving Nigeria, Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda of their blatant homophobia and adulterous takeover of the sheep of another shepherd - is puzzling to say the very least, and hardly a model of justice within the family of the Communion.
If/When the ACNA/Global South Missionaries begin to ravage the Canterbury Flock in the U.K., there may be a change of heart - but will it be too late for the Church of England to do anything about it?
History will judge The Presiding Bishop Katharine very well. She will be remembered for standing up for the marginalized and those who were previously disenfranchised from the life of the Episcopal Church in America: the glbt community. History will not judge Rowan Williams with the same optimism or respect. Rowan Williams through his hacks, took a cheap shot at The Episcopal Church in America and he will be remembered for this and for his fear and subservience to the fundamentalist elements represented by various Anglican prelates from third world countries and from within The Church of England. He will be remembered for his cowardice and for his feet of clay. He could have chosen the inclusive theology as practiced by the Episcopal Church in America. Instead he moved to punish this brave national Church by withdrawing their participation from ecumenical dialogue with other branches of Christendom. History will see this as a dark and cowardly path.
Speaking bluntly, the sanctions are racist. People whose personal contributions have been exemplary, and whose personal views (in some cases) are entirely in line with conservative views on matters of human sexuality, are removed because of their nationality. They are removed because they are American, and for no other reason.
Awesome! TBTG for ++KJS!
[Particularly loved her references to history (Lambeth and family planning), and her analogies (border-crossing as marital infidelity)]
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