N.T. Wright Hints At Letters Coming From The +ABC To Recalcitrant Bishops


After a summer and autumn of various tangled and unsatisfactory events, the Archbishop then wrote an Advent pastoral letter in which he reiterated the terms of his initial invitation and declared that he would be writing to those bishops who might be thought particularly unsympathetic to Windsor and the Covenant to ask them whether they were really prepared to build on this dual foundation. Those letters, I understand, are in the post as we speak, written with apostolic pain and heart-searching but also with apostolic necessity. I am well aware that many will say this is far too little, far too late – just as many others will be livid to think that the Archbishop, having already not invited Gene Robinson to Lambeth, should be suggesting that some others might absent themselves as well. But this is what he promised he would do, and he is doing it. If I know anything about anything, I know that he deserves our prayers at this most difficult and fraught moment in the run-up to Lambeth itself.

5 Responses to “N.T. Wright Hints At Letters Coming From The +ABC To Recalcitrant Bishops”

  1. 1 Tregonsee April 14, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Every step of the way, it has been possible to construct a scenario in which everything to date would make such definitive action more stark and effective. Few, certainly not myself, have thought he had it in him. We shall see, and certainly pray.

  2. 2 pendennis88 April 14, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    Jim Naughton, spokesperson for the Diocese of Washington DC, reports that Canon Rosenthal, TEC representative who works for the ABC, says the letters have not been mailed, so we shall see what this all means. (Why do I have a mental picture of Rosenthal getting an email from the states, and then toddling down to the “outgoing” bin to retrieve them before the Royal Mail dropped by?)

  3. 3 John B. Chilton April 14, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Besides the question of whether they are already in the mail, there’s also the questions of whether there was ever a plan to send letters, and if so who would receive them.

    About the latter, it all depends on what you mean by “recalcitrant.” Whatever it is, it will be in the eyes of the ABC. John-David Schofield is merely the most outstanding example I can think of in the reasserter camp.

  4. 4 Alice C. Linsley April 14, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    GAFCON goes forward regardless.

  5. 5 pendennis88 April 15, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Chilton is right. Though Wright clearly believes it will be some of Robinson’s supporters who will be disinvited, we won’t really know until we see the letters, if any letters are sent. And so far, it has seemed as likely that Schofield, Duncan and Iker would be disinvited as anyone, if TEC has any sway at Lambeth. It will be a fateful step, either way.

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