The Latest On the Communion Partners Plan From The Living Church

Read it all.

I realize this isn’t my Bishop talking, but Bishop Howe. However, I think anything that will strengthen the hands of the Presiding Bishop is a bad idea. Why do it? So she can crush more orthodox parishes and Dioceses? While I am glad the bishops in favor of this plan are not going to the HOB to ask permission, this seems more like capitulation rather than reconciliation. I will be very interested to see what Bishop MacPherson says about this. Trust me, I am getting emails asking about it…

3 Responses to “The Latest On the Communion Partners Plan From The Living Church”


  1. 1 Athanasius Returns February 28, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    “This brings together the Presiding Bishops’ initiative and some of what the primates envisioned in the communiqué from Dar es Salaam a year ago.”

    Someone please ask Bishop Howe to substitute the word NONE for some above, or re-write the whole sentence to more correctly reflect the reality on the field of battle, viz.: This takes the Presiding Bishop’s initiative and uses it to crush and sweep aside the desiccated remains of what the primates envisioned in the communiqué from Dar es Salaam a year ago. Hmm?

  2. 2 Joe Roberts February 29, 2008 at 2:59 am

    I am not impressed. I am a regular and loyal supporter of +Mac Pherson, but this so-called plan doesn’t seem to be much of a plan at all and I do not see how it offers anything of value to orthodox Episcopalian laymen and laywomen. I would very much like for +Bruce to tells us in plain English why this is a good thing and what possible good it does for the laity in the pews (let me repeat that, FOR THE LAITY IN THE PEWS).

    That +KJS doesn’t object is, in and of itself, a cause for concern. Orthodox Episcopalians do not need “visitors” or “partners”, they need an Episcopate, BISHOPS, that are prepared to “defend the faith” and that are not subject to the dictates of the powers that currently run the Episcopal Church (who are committed to the new gospel of full inclusion and “social justice”). We orthodox Episcopalians want to practice traditional Anglicanism without the innovations championed by activists within TEC over the last forty or so years, innovations that are secular political matters and not matters of faith. When is that message going to be addressed and addressed in a forthwright manner by the orthodox bishops within the Episcopal Church and the broader Anglican Communion? Maybe I’m beginning to understand why we need GAFCON and why a growing number of “orthodox Anglicans” are willing to abandon the presently constituted Anglican Communion.

  3. 3 robroy February 29, 2008 at 3:48 am

    You put much stock in the fact that permission wasn’t requested of the PeeBee and that it won’t be requested of the HoB. I find this terribly naive. Bishops do not need permission of the PeeBee to exchange email addresses or invite foreign clergy into their dioceses. This merely shows how very weak this scheme is.

    Like you, I cannot fathom why anyone would work to strengthen the hand of the one that has brought incalculable shame to the church.


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