Comments: American bishops: some further responses

Brilliant advert from the LGCM in tomorrow's Church Times.

Posted by Erika Baker at Thursday, 22 March 2007 at 4:33pm GMT

There have been some interesting comments by various folks elsewhere about how big a financial hammer TEC actually wields. One point is that TEC is experiencing a serious shortfall, which is only going to go from bad to much, much worse in the current crisis. Thus, cut-backs of support from current budget and undesignated donations to the AC and its other members is bound to occur anyhow. Another point is that, despite its shortfalls, TEC has an extremely generous endowment of trust funds to draw on. However, since some--and perhaps a great many--of these funds are designated for foreign mission, TEC will have to find somewhere to give them abroad. So, why not within the AC? Finally, there is the point that many individual parishes and dioceses have their own 1-to-1 relationships with overseas parishes and dioceses that are likely to continue under one guise or another whatever happens.

So, it seems likely that cut-backs to international AC organs and activities are going to be taking place whatever happens. It also seems likely that a good deal of support is going to continue to flow to places where it is needed whatever happens.

Consequently, while this issue certainly is important, it is probably a good deal less important (and TEC withdrawal from the AC may have a much smaller impact) than has been touted by some "spinners" of worst case scenarios.

Anyhow, it looks like we'll have a chance to find out in the months and years ahead.


Posted by Steven at Thursday, 22 March 2007 at 7:44pm GMT

Numbers games again :-(

Posted by Göran Koch-Swahne at Thursday, 22 March 2007 at 10:16pm GMT

Has anyone in a position of authority in TEC been un-Christian enough to threaten economic retaliation?

Posted by Lapinbizarre at Thursday, 22 March 2007 at 10:16pm GMT

I think it speaks to the grace of the progressives that exactly no one has actually made that threat. Indeed, I've heard no talk of it until the recent stories in the mainstream media.

That said, I have heard the odd progressive express some annoyance that they have largely been paying to have themselves beaten up.

Posted by Malcolm French+ at Thursday, 22 March 2007 at 11:22pm GMT

" ... I have heard the odd progressive express some annoyance that they have largely been paying to have themselves beaten up."

Yes. I think there is strong sentiment among many progressives along the lines of, if we are held not to be in the AC, or are given some diminished role, then let's continue to fund Anglican Communion programs aimed at the MDGs and other ways to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, heal the sick etc., and divert to those programs any money currently used for supporting institutional infrastructure. That likely won't happen, and distangling funds is probably difficult.

This is not anyone's offical position and is not something I've seen endorsed by anyone in authority in TEC.

As someone else has noted, individual relationships involving TEC dioceses or churches and dioceses or churches overseas will likely continue. The Diocese of Virgnia, for example, has worked very closely with the Diocese of Renk in Sudan, as have individual churches within this diocese. That has been disrupted, but not by sexuality issues. It is the chaos and violence of the situation that has been disruptive.

Posted by Cynthia at Friday, 23 March 2007 at 12:04pm GMT
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