BB NOTE: This may tell us why the “Chicago Consultation” was held last week. It seems likely that the Episcopal Church leadership had been warned what would be in Rowan Williams letter (can anyone say Canon Rosenthal?) and knew that it would – if left to their own devices – a firestorm from the Episcopal progressives who make up the balk of TEC’s leadership. The Chicago meeting and the document dump that followed seems to have been aimed at keeping progressives in line so they won’t revolt. But the media gets it – the story from the Episcopal Church’s point of view is that this has always been about “full inclusion” and it appears there will be no “full inclusion” if you are public about your lifestyle, as Gene Robinson most certainly is. But if the progressives remain complacent, that will be the real story for it will show us that, in fact, it’s all a ruse.
From the AP:
By ROBERT BARR
Archbishop Rowan Williams’ office said he had also not changed his mind about refusing an invitation to Martyn Minns, a traditionalist U.S. priest who was consecrated as a bishop in the Church of Nigeria.
In his Advent message to leaders of Anglican national churches, Williams said Episcopal Church pledges of a moratorium on confirming any more gay bishops or on approving blessings of homosexual unions have not been accepted by all parts of the communion.
“Given the differences in response to the Episcopal Church revealed in the responses of the primates, we simply cannot pretend that there is now a ready-made consensus on the future of relationships between (the Episcopal Church) and other provinces,” Williams said. “Much work remains to be done.”
Williams also had stern words for Anglican leaders who have threatened not to attend the Lambeth Conference, held every 10 years and scheduled to start in July in Canterbury.
The head of the Church of Nigeria, Archbishop Peter Akinola, has threatened to boycott the session because Williams also refused an invitation to Minns.