Well, the Geoff Chapman memo said that they were planning disobedience of canon law, and sure enough…
So does anybody really believe the statements made by the Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes any longer about staying in the church, working within church law, etc… ?
Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander I suppose. Seems it wasn’t so long ago that some women were irregularly ordained in Philadelphia. I personally rejoiced at that act of prophetic defiance. I don’t see how I can say that the conservatives don’t have a right to use the same tactics.
I think we should refuse to participate in the pointless procedural argument over who has the canonical right to do what. That will ultimately play into the hands of the reactionaries. The progressive argument should be that the Episcopal church is about the loving acceptance and total participation of everyone, even our “enemies” if that’s who these people are. These hollow rituals are not the Episcopal church of the third millenium. We’ve moved past that and are on our way to a new vision and a “new community of love” in the words of Brian Wren’s great hymn.
Those who choose to live in the dishonesty of the past are welcome to live there if that’s what they want. The rest of us have more important things to do.