+Minns’ statement is brief and to the point.
I have read the statement from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s office regarding next year’s Lambeth Conference. While the immediate attention is focused on the invitation list, it should be remembered that this crisis in the Anglican Communion is not about a few individual bishops but about a worldwide Communion that is torn at its deepest level. This point was made repeatedly at the primates‘ meeting in Dar es Salaam. Depending on the response of The Episcopal Church to the primates’ communiqué by September 30, the situation may become even more complex. One thing is clear, a great deal can and will happen before next July.
It also makes no issue whatsoever of Canterbury’s snub. The overarching issue is the future of the Anglican Communion, not the personal agendas of “a few individual bishops.”
Robinson, on the other hand, has no concern for the worldwide Communion. His statement is a narcissistic rant overflowing with self-centered parochialism.
It is with great disappointment that I receive word from the Archbishop of Canterbury that I will not be included in the invitation list for the Lambeth Conference, 2008. At a time when the Anglican Communion is calling for a “listening process” on the issue of homosexuality, how does it make sense to exclude gay and lesbian people from the discussion? Isn’t it time that the Bishops of the Church stop talking about us and start talking with us?! While I appreciate the acknowledgement that I am a duly elected and consecrated Bishop of the Church, the refusal to include me among all the other duly elected and consecrated Bishops of the Church is an affront to the entire Episcopal Church. This is not about Gene Robinson, nor the Diocese of New Hampshire. It is about the American Church. It is for The Episcopal Church to respond to this divide-and-conquer challenge to our polity, and in due time, I assume we will do so. In the meantime, I will pray for Archbishop Rowan and our beloved Anglican Communion.
Okay, let’s get this straight (no pun intended). “The Anglican Communion,” according to Robinson, “is calling for a ‘listening process’ on the issue of homosexuality.” But who is the driving force behind this alleged call? It is only “the American Church,” that is, the supposedly affronted Episcopal Church which, against the expressed wishes of the leaders of the worldwide Communion, elected and consecrated Robinson and has tried ever since to claim they are the victims of some sinister plot to split the church. Robinson’s pitiful protestations notwithstanding, the issue is, in his mind, all about him. His exclusion from Lambeth is “an affront to the entire Episcopal Church” only because he is the embodiment of “the American Church” and everything that is wrong about it. There could be no better representative of a self-absorbed, self-centered, and self-exalting “church” than a self-absorbed, self-centered, and self-exalting “bishop.”