Tuesday, March 20, 2007

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Big news from the House of Bishops meeting stated in the form of three resolutions. The first:
Mind of the House of Bishops Resolution Addressed to the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church

Resolved, the House of Bishops affirms its desire that The Episcopal Church remain a part of the councils of the Anglican Communion; and

Resolved, the meaning of the Preamble to the Constitution of The Episcopal Church is determined solely by the General Convention of The Episcopal Church; and

Resolved, the House of Bishops believes the proposed Pastoral Scheme of the Dar es Salaam Communiqué of February 19, 2007 would be injurious to The Episcopal Church and urges that the Executive Council decline to participate in it; and

Resolved, the House of Bishops pledges itself to continue to work to find ways of meeting the pastoral concerns of the Primates that are compatible with our own polity and canons.
The two other resolutions are "To the Archbishop of Canterbury and the members of the Primates' Standing Committee" requesting a meeting with them, and the much longer "A Statement from the House of Bishops."

They're all here. You should give them all a full read. They do not read like consensus documents; very clear, no fudging. No doubt we will be hearing from the minority of bishops who disagreed.

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