I think the Bishops could all use a little air conditioning, cookies, cold milk, and a nap with a soft blankey. Everyone seems a bit grumpy from reports.
Based on what +Howe said, it looks like +Bruce is now the leader of the Communion Partners movement.
It’s official. The Lambeth Conference is deeply in debt approaching $4 million dollars and church officials are scrambling to find the money.
The Archbishop of Canterbury and the English bishops are ultimately accountable for finding the money and as of today they don’t have it. Media spokesperson Archbishop Philip Aspinall said a check for $100,000 had been received, but this is only the tip of what is needed if Anglican leaders want to hold off Bailiffs from Kent University appearing at their door looking for full payment.
Costs to bring the 600 bishops here from the four corners of the globe total $8.8 million plus travel costs. The Spouses conference is $2.4 million plus travel costs. There are 600 bursaries at $7,000 per head and more than half the money has yet to be raised to cover the full costs.
The speculation is that had the orthodox bishops come they could have covered the costs quite easily, but as they are not in tune with the theological Lambeth mindset, and have voluntarily withdrawn themselves, the liberals are hard-pressed to come up with the cash.
Apparently the American Episcopal Church has not been asked to cover the shortfall, and probably wouldn’t, as the bishops here are angry at the non-invitation of V. Gene Robinson the homosexual Bishop of New Hampshire to the Lambeth Conference.
Reminds me of the old saying of Mr. Miagi in the inestimable movie, the Karate Kid:
Walk on left side of road, okay, walk on right side of road, okay, walk in middle of road, get squeshed like grape.
Oh. They have 12 more days of this conference still to go. 12 more days. I don’t think they will make it. Plain and simple.
Hopefully, +Bruce will drop us an email to let us know how things are going, but, if I know him, and assuming the reports below are correct, he’s probably under a great deal of stress right now. I ask that folks keep him in your prayers, in the hopes that the Lord Jesus will comfort and strengthen him.