Interesting Article In The Guardian Regarding Bishop Jenkins and His Resolutions

From here:

One senior Anglican engaged in the negotiations said: The situation is very volatile. The time has come for the Episcopal Church to tell us where they stand and give unreserved commitments to the rest of the communion.

They need to respond positively and unambiguously. The time for shilly-shallying is past. This is a watershed for the future of the communion.

But with few signs of compromise, an air of fatalism and uncertainty has descended on senior officials in the Anglican communion. The strategy appears to be an attempt to minimise any split by seeking an alliance of liberal and moderate conservative US bishops behind a form of words that would strengthen previous US assurances that they will not promote more gay clergy or formally celebrate gay partnerships. They are hoping to rally support around Charles Jenkins, the Bishop of Louisiana, a leading conservative who has insisted he wants to remain within the Episcopal Church.

From here:

One senior Anglican engaged in the negotiations said: The situation is very volatile. The time has come for the Episcopal Church to tell us where they stand and give unreserved commitments to the rest of the communion.

They need to respond positively and unambiguously. The time for shilly-shallying is past. This is a watershed for the future of the communion.

But with few signs of compromise, an air of fatalism and uncertainty has descended on senior officials in the Anglican communion. The strategy appears to be an attempt to minimise any split by seeking an alliance of liberal and moderate conservative US bishops behind a form of words that would strengthen previous US assurances that they will not promote more gay clergy or formally celebrate gay partnerships. They are hoping to rally support around Charles Jenkins, the Bishop of Louisiana, a leading conservative who has insisted he wants to remain within the Episcopal Church.

Incidentally, this is all very smart politically. This is the same thinking that came out of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Office when they invited my bishop, +Bruce MacPherson, to Tanzania. President of the PB’s Council of Advice saying the Episcopal Church and our Presiding Bishop have been intransigent toward the Anglican Communion – a criticism not coming from the Network, but from more to the middle. Here you have the hometown bishop for the meeting, busy ministering to those hurt by Katrina some two years later, who has been through hell as a result, and he is the front man on the resolution. A Nashotah House graduate, solidly conservative and at the same time solidly dedicated to both the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.

One must expect this from +Rowan. You don’t get to be the ABC by being completely politically stupid. Check +Rowan out, check his background, his connections, check the stances he has taken on a variety of issues, and not just the presenting ones. While I and many others have often criticized him for what we have considered political blunders, I often wonder if those blunders weren’t blunders at all but were necessary for reasons we just don’t understand.

To paraphrase the Ghostbusters movie, he is either a certified genius or authentic wacko. But, we shouldn’t be too quick to jump to the wacko answer.

1 Response to “Interesting Article In The Guardian Regarding Bishop Jenkins and His Resolutions”


  1. 1 Tregonsee September 20, 2007 at 8:00 am

    I have long argued that he has been given a remarkably weak set of cards to play. Some of his “blunders” such as the invitations to Lambeth 2008, if used with courage and conviction, could enhance the impact of his statements and bully pulpit. We have not seen much of either, but given his intellect, it is not out of the question. +Rowan will either be the last ABC of a unified Anglican Communion, or go down in history with the greats like Cranmer.


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