Friday, February 16, 2007

Does the sub-committee's report create lock-in? :: Confessions of a Carioca

daily episcopalian gives a further take on the subcommittee's report and points to this post at Confessions of a Carioca.

Quoting C of C:

Over the course of the last 3+ years, the Windsor Report has been warmly embraced by conservative Anglicans. I believe the same evolution of sentiment can and should take place with respect to the sub-group’s report.
[He goes on to enumerate why]
The center has shifted, and this report is a sign of the shift. A position that once would have been considered explicitly “conservative” in the Anglican universe is, by virtue of the evolved normative authority of the Windsor Report, now seen as middle-of-the-road. Conservatives should be doing back flips over the fact that many liberals in TEC are saying, “Look, told ya so! Two out of three ain’t bad!” when the “two” that we are apparently judged to have gotten right are inherently anathema to the liberal vision.
Tony Clavier adds: "I think your assessment is right on. Now we shall have to see whether moderate bishops will have the courage to come into the open. Many with divided dioceses fear a revolt and others fear they will be called cranks by their peers."

An analysis worthy of further reflection.

Note, however, that the Presiding Bishop, at the same time as the report is issued, is reiterating her position which runs contrary to a commitment to follow traditional teaching:
Earlier Thursday, an aide to Jefferts Schori said she will not soften her views even as the issues threaten to break apart the Christian fellowship.

"The spirit of Anglicanism will prevail here and there will be a middle way forward," Robert Williams told The Associated Press. But Jefferts Schori "will not waver in her stand for justice and inclusion of all people in the body of Christ."
It looks to me that the report gives The Episcopal Church more time to convince the communion that an accomodation of diverse views on homosexuality in the Anglican Communion is the right thing to do.

Conservatives in The Episcopal Church see that as a very slippery slope for them (c.f. women's ordination where some diversity within TEC was initially allowed). I can see the Global South pushing for pre-approval of a contingency plan to go to a two-province solution if The Episcopal Church doesn't get to 3 out of 3, or falls below 2 out of 3.

Addendum: Preludium gives his analysis of the Carioca essay and ties it in with Kendall Harmon's essay linked to in an earlier post below.

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