Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Dear Bishops: Keep it simple

From the Communique -

In particular, the Primates request, through the Presiding Bishop, that the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church

1. make an unequivocal common covenant that the bishops will not authorise any Rite of Blessing for same-sex unions in their dioceses or through General Convention (cf TWR, §143, 144); and

2. confirm that the passing of Resolution B033 of the 75th General Convention means that a candidate for episcopal orders living in a same-sex union shall not receive the necessary consent (cf TWR, §134); unless some new consensus on these matters emerges across the Communion (cf TWR, §134).

The Primates request that the answer of the House of Bishops is conveyed to the Primates by the Presiding Bishop by 30th September 2007.
Keep it simple. Just say "we will" - unanimously. Given the Anglican ambiguity of the Communique, and given our polity, affirmation is open to many interpretations. As to negative consequences what could they be?

The danger of violating the KISS principle is that you allow minorities to highjack the process and exercise a veto. Do we really want to give Bishop Iker a veto? The problem isn't a holdout by a liberal bishop, but by a conservative one.

Thanks to a commenter at daily episcopalian for fomenting these ruminations.

I have other thoughts on the HOB response planted here.

1 comment:

Scott of Hybla said...

And risk becoming "the stone which the builders rejected?" Ok, I'm in.

However, as I heard Rev. Susan Russell (priest at the All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, Californiaand President, Integrity, USA) tell Margaret Warner on PBS.ORG (while I was eating pancakes last night),

"If we're going to ask the church to fast for a season and bear each other's burdens, then perhaps we should fast from all ordinations and from all marriages. The two essential sacraments in the church are baptism and holy communion."

Again, no bishop here, but Rev. Russels's suggestion that all Episcopalians share these burdens, along with a hearty "we will" seems the simplest and most effective approach, in my eyes.

God knows how this unfolds.

Scott of Hybla