Perhaps the brevity of the House of Bishops report slightly conflated two issues.
The final sentence of paragraph 7 refers not to Pilling but to the group that +Sodor and Man chaired. That group reported back and the House determined to apply exactly the same requirements for potential bishops in Civil Partnerships as apply to those being considered for ordination as deacon or priest.
Hence the House has reached its conclusion on this particular issue by the end of 2012 as was promised.
They are not 'standards' - they are limitations. I accept that applying them across the board, rather than additionally penalising potential bishops may be more just, but asking two people to live together with love but without the fulfilment of that love is downright wrong. It is necessary to keep saying that it is wrong, and downright unbiblical (given that 'it is better to marry than to burn') at every turn until the stupid policy, the stupid and harmful policy, changes.
It 'gives the lie', to their lie that they supported Civil Partnerships from the word 'go'.
They didn't and they don't.
The bishops en group have lost all credibility before the public.
Yeah, Laurence. I read one of Rowan's Christmas Sermons and he talked about society's treatment of the elderly. He said it was sad how people put them in homes and "watch the clock." It's hard to disagree with that. Here in the US we should certainly heed the ABC's word on compassionate treatment of the elderly.
However, as far as the CoE leadership is concerned, pretty much all that's left is "watching the clock" for a generational change. As well as the fervent hope for much needed diversity.
It is impossible for the ABC to have credible authority in the Anglican Communion when he is clearly chosen from an extremely narrow candidate pool, in a highly political atmosphere, with no representation outside the UK. Add that to the credibility problems of the CoE leadership, and there's not much space left for moral leadership. Unfortunately.
http://t.co/9wlz0fiw The Bishops could check out Bishop Jeff's website where they would find a rigorous role model for a holy consultation process which CofE would do well to model. Essential in my view.
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