Comments: House of Bishops responds to Communion Partners

As Violet Elizabeth Bott (Just William) used to enunciate, so clearly, with her endearing lisp: "LOVE IS ALL' - triumphing over endemic prejudice. TEC's General Convention once more leads the way in the Anglican Communion, to freedom from past injustices. Deo gratias!

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Friday, 3 July 2015 at 8:08am BST

Well that's all very chum-chum-chummy, but if a "variety of responses to Resolutions A054 and A036" include slamming all of a diocese's doors in a same-sex couple's faces, will the HofB look out for those couples to the same extent they're sending this love-letter to the Communion Partner bishops? Nine years on from the 2006 GC, LGBTs will NOT accept any more "crucified places" in the Episcopal Church!

Posted by JCF at Friday, 3 July 2015 at 8:12am BST

Well said, JCF, and thanks for bringing up that quote (one of several reasons I wasn't an unqualified fan of the outgoing presiding bishop, although she was better than many).

If this is just emollient PR, I can stomach it, but there had better be provision for all same-sex couples, without requiring them to cross state lines.

I am pragmatic. I know this change is progressive, and TEC is a lot further along than most provinces. That doesn't, however, take the sting from discrimination, or make it any less wrong. Justice isn't relative.

Hopefully, in three years, the bishops' discretion can be whittled down to incorporate only what affects them personally.

Posted by James Byron at Friday, 3 July 2015 at 10:36am BST

Is there something slightly ironic in addressing them as 'our colleagues who identify as Communion Partners'? (cf. 'who identify as LGBT'...)

Posted by Scot Peterson at Friday, 3 July 2015 at 2:47pm BST

"Is there something slightly ironic in addressing them as 'our colleagues who identify as Communion Partners'?"

Of course.

Posted by cseitz at Friday, 3 July 2015 at 7:56pm BST
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