I’ve received blog comments, emails and not a few phone calls of dismay at the idea that +Bruce did not object or voice vote “no” to the resolution addressing the Primates Communique in New Orleans. Accusations have been that he has sold us out, betrayed the faith once delivered, and didn’t voice the opinions of those in the Diocese of Western Louisiana.
Let the record be clear on two points. He proposed a resolution that would have appropriately answered the Primates Communique. He didn’t negotiate on that resolution as Bishop Jenkins is rumored to have done on his. No other Windsor Bishop or Network Bishop did this. He wanted an up or down vote on the Communique, and did everything possible to make that happen. The House of Bishops effectively rejected his resolution.
I also want to remind people of what Bishop MacPherson said while in Tanzania to the Primates. He made his stand, when it counted, and he spoke for many of us in the Episcopal Church and certainly this Diocese. His remarks were more to the point and harsher than Bishop Duncan’s, and Bishop MacPherson is the President of the Presiding Bishop’s Council of Advice. Oh, and the Presiding Bishop was right there when said what he said about her.
So, folks, before you complain or make disparaging remarks about my bishop, you need to keep in mind the above facts as well as the fact that he is still recovering from complications due to his knee surgery which was made worse by attendance at this HOB meeting at the meeting in New Orleans right before that of the Louisiana Interchurch Council.
To all you Monday morning quarterbacks out there, I would also say to you that I’ve been where +Bruce has been when I was at General Convention last year. I’ve been to the den of where the revisionists run things and tried to make a stand for the Gospel and the Church. You frankly do the best you can do. It ain’t always pretty, it ain’t always perfect. But it is brave. +Bruce has consistently done this in every single council of the church, for the last four years. Yes, he wants to stay in the Episcopal Church and he wants the church to remain in the Anglican Communion and to be faithful to the Gospel. He doesn’t want a schism, and he is going to be dead sure he is on the side of the church catholic in any schism in Anglicanism. But, no one at this point really knows where that is. Everyone has opinions, but no one really knows for sure.
This is going to sound perhaps a little crass. Instead of attacking +Bruce for his actions at the 11th hour of the House of Bishops meeting for not standing up and screaming “NO!” as this resolution passed on a voice vote which means it would have passed no matter what +Bruce did, I just wish you would thank him for his leadership during the past four years.
Otherwise, shut up and go do something about this situation in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion yourselves. You take up the fight. Be prepared to count the cost – personally, physically and spiritually. Read over my blog for the last three years since I started it. What are you prepared to do?
Yes, I do need a nap, a glass of milk and a cookie. I’ve had a long day today, among this, court this morning, and five clients in crisis this afternoon.
UPDATE: Just as a reminder: