+Rowan Williams New Ultimatum

Read it all; here is part:

Bishops attending the Lambeth Conference will be asked to affirm their willingness to abide by the recommendations of the Windsor Report and work towards the creation of an Anglican Communion Covenant.

A spokesman for the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams told The Church of England Newspaper that letters affirming support for Windsor and the Covenant process had not yet been mailed, but would go out presently.

Bishops attending Lambeth must have a “willingness to work with those aspects of the [Lambeth] Conference’s agenda that relate to implementing the recommendations of [the Windsor Report], including the development of a Covenant,” Dr. Williams wrote in his Dec. 14 Advent pastoral letter.

The Windsor Report calls for a ban on gay bishops and blessings and discouraged violating the diocesan boundaries of bishops in opposing theological camps. Affirming the recommendations of the Windsor Report may cause difficulty for US Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and other progressive American, Canadian, Brazilian and British bishops who have given either their formal or informal support to moves to normalize homosexuality within the life of the church. It also closes the door on full participation in the conference of the Bishop of New Hampshire, the Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson.

5 Responses to “+Rowan Williams New Ultimatum”


  1. 1 Canon Gregg L. Riley April 18, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Too late!

  2. 2 pendennis88 April 18, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    I tend to trust Conger’s reporting, so I suspect this is pretty much it. It doesn’t sound like the letters say anything other than bishops should consider whether they support the Windsor process or not, and suggest they consider not attending if not. I don’t see that that says anything new. Pretty much all bishops interpret the Windsor process to mean whatever they feel like, and so will attend or not as they were already thinking.

    Wright’s comment that some will say it is too little, too late, seems right, since it really changes nothing.

    In the meantime, things get nastier and nastier in the US and Canada, with new lawsuits and depositions every day, and Williams remains unmoved. Bishops representing almost half of the Anglican communion will not be attending Lambeth, and no significant effort has been made to make a case for why they should show up. If anything, GAFCON’s critics just make a better case for going to GAFCON every time they do something.

    Also, incidentally, did anyone notice Conger’s reference to “full” participation by VGR? Perhaps Conger can elaborate on that if he sees this. But does anyone seriously doubt that that means that Lambeth is contemplating partial participation? So VGR is partially invited, while common cause bishops are vehemently excluded. Again, purely on William’s initiative.

    In my opinion, it is simply being confirmed every day that William’s decisions are encouraging the Anglican Communion to spin apart, whether he appreciates it or not.

  3. 3 the snarkster April 18, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Given that bishops like serial monogamist +Beisner of Northern California have stated that they are Windsor Bishops, ++RW just opened the door to near about anybody who wants to attend (except those nasty border crossers, don’t y’know).

    the snarkster

  4. 4 John B. Chilton April 18, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Conger makes it out to be that a bishop must accept the recommendations of Windsor as akin to a creedal statement. (Will they be asked to take a pledge with their hand on the Windsor Report? Doubt it.) But the ABC in his Advent letter was careful to phrase the condition as acceptance of a process – these things are on the agenda and we’re going to work on them, don’t come if you can’t live with that.

    Let’s wait and see what the letter – going to all bishops – says.

  5. 5 Mad Potter April 18, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    this letter is going to turn out to be a nonevent.


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