He has created a website at www.scottishanglican.org.uk to promote the conservative cause. This contains the text of a press release, and also the text of an email sent to the bishops. Both are in PDF format on that site, but can be found in accessible format below the fold here.
The following further press coverage has resulted:
Scotsman Backing for gay priests could split Scottish Episcopals
Glasgow Evening Times Church split threat over gay priests
Glasgow Herald Retract gay minister stance, church urged
BBC Scotland Church divides over gay priests
Guardian Gay issue divides Scottish Anglicans
Meanwhile, over at www.changingattitudescotland.org.uk a press release says:
Members of Changing Attitude Scotland are surprised that the small, new grouping calling itself the “Scottish Anglican Network” have spent so much time on Easter Day debating homosexuality. Most of the Scottish Episcopal Church spent the day rejoicing in the news of Christ’s Resurrection.
The statement of the Scottish Episcopal Church’s bishops of 4 March 2005 does not represent a new innovation – it simply states what has always been the case.
Referring to the Bishops’ Statement, the Convener of Changing Attitude Scotland, the Rev Kelvin Holdsworth said,
“There has been a huge expression of support for the Scottish Bishops from within Scotland and all around the world. It is a joy and a delight that the Bishops have spoken warmly of their gay clergy colleagues. In making their statement, the Bishops have witnessed to a generous orthodoxy which is the norm for the Scottish Episcopal Church. The good news of Easter is for everyone in the church – gay or straight.”
“The Bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church have called for discussion amongst those with different views. Those who are calling for the Bishops to withdraw their statement appear to be frightened of that discussion taking place. Members of Changing Attitude Scotland are looking forward to engaging in the dialogue which the bishops propose. We particularly enjoy discussing the authority of scripture and the ways in which we understand the Bible to be consonant with the view that gay people in relationships can live open godly lives within the Christian faith.”
Anyone moved to write to any of the Scottish bishops about all this will find all their contact details here.
For Immediate Release
Easter Sunday 2005
From the Scottish Anglican Network
A growing group of Anglicans in Scotland, concerned by the news that the bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church are now publicly stating that homosexual practice is not a bar to ordained ministry, today announced the setting up of a website as part of the attempt by their network of churches and individuals to continue orthodox and mainstream doctrine on sexuality as the public teaching of the Church.
For more visit http://www.scottishanglican.org.uk
They hope that the bishops will choose to withdraw their statement of the 4th March 2005, thus returning the Scottish Episcopal Church to the orthodox teaching of most of the Anglican Communion.
Contact: Revd David McCarthy at email@example.com or on 0141 954 9368
Public copy of letter to the bishops, sent by email 27 March 2005.
Dear Brothers in Christ,
Thank you for your willingness to meet with us on the 7th April. We continue to humbly pray for you and our church.
Having consulted with others who have shown great concern as to the present situation, (as widely as possible in the time scale), at our meeting on the 7th, we respectfully propose the following as our contribution to the agenda:
1. Do you feel able to withdraw your statement, and make it clear that it is not acceptable for clergy to be in a sexual relationship, outside that of a man and a woman in marriage?
2. If you are able to do this, how do you then propose to take discussions forward? We neither need nor desire protracted discussions. Both the Church and the world needs clarity on our position.
3. If you are not able to do this, how do you propose to organise the church in such a way that those holding orthodox and mainstream views on this matter, are able to remain, be cared for, and not be compromised?
4. What are the consequences of no change in your position?
We realise that this is a busy time for all of us but it would be most helpful and constructive if you could give us your considered response to these questions at this meeting. We too have been meeting with urgency this Holy Week, so that we can give you our responses quickly and clearly.
You can expect strong reaction from around the Anglican Communion in the weeks to come, and no doubt will have to publicly respond to this as well.
We pray that you will be courageous, for we know that if you now respond with orthodox teaching, there will be a backlash from other parts of the church.
However, in that event, you can be assured of our wholehearted love and support.
With loving concern in Christ,
Revd David McCarthy, Revd Canon Philip Noble, Revd Mike Parker