Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefforts-Schori and House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson seem to have an unlimited faith that the endless piling up of meaningless words can get them out from under the consequences of their denomination’s actions. Putting such faith into action, they have written to the Primates of the Anglican Communion, attempting to convince them that black is white, up is down, and resolution D025 didn’t actually change anything. You can find the letter as a whole at Stand Firm; the key paragraph, as Matt Kennedy identifies it, is this:
“It remains to be seen how Resolution B033 will be understood and interpreted in light of Resolution D025. Some within our Church may understand Resolution D025 to give Standing Committees (made up of elected clergy and laity) and Bishops with jurisdiction more latitude in consenting to episcopal elections. Others, in light of Resolution B033, will not. In either case, we trust that the Bishops and Standing Committees of The Episcopal Church will continue to exercise prayerful discernment in making such decisions, mindful and appreciative of our relationships in the Anglican Communion.”
Translation: Our dioceses are now free to do anything they want regarding ordaining sexually active gay bishops. What are you going to do about it?
The funniest paragraph is this:
In adopting this Resolution, it is not our desire to give offense. We remain keenly aware of the concerns and sensibilities of our brothers and sisters in other Churches across the Communion. We believe also that the honesty reflected in this resolution is essential if indeed we are to live into the deep communion that we all profess and earnestly desire.
The translation of this one: If you’re offended, tough toenails. We don’t give a rip what you think. Do you think we’d pass something like this if we were?