Comments: General Convention: another letter to Lambeth Palace

Are there any clues yet as to when +Cantuar might step out on his balcony and make a statement? Any swaying of curtains yet?

Posted by Scott at Wednesday, 22 July 2009 at 12:37am BST

"The Resolution honors and acknowledges this Church’s continuing commitment to and honoring of theological diversity and the inclusion of a variety of points of view on matters of human sexuality.”

And this is exactly what so frightens the conservatives who have bolted from TEC. "Theological diversity" to them means chaos, in place of the tightly controlled, top-down belief system they espouse. They can't abide a diversity of views, because it means they might, some day, be proven wrong.

Posted by Pat O'Neill at Wednesday, 22 July 2009 at 11:35am BST

"They can't abide a diversity of views, because it means they might, some day, be proven wrong."

Exactly! But this comes from a very sad place. For them, if there is the chance that they may be wrong about something, then there is the chance that they will "lose salvation" and roast in Hell for all eternity. Such is their experience of God, I guess. Diversity of views will lead to the loss of everything!!!! Of course, there is also the question of, if we allow diversity of opinion, who do those who are truly obedient to the Law get to feel better than?

Posted by Ford Elms at Wednesday, 22 July 2009 at 9:22pm BST

At GC Rowan said he hoped the Convention would do nothing that might "push us further apart." I hope he will grant that "reacting" and "being pushed" are not necessarily the same thing, and that people ought to take some responsibility for their reactions to other folks' actions. Whatever happened to the good old English custom of ignoring unpleasant realities. Many things, if left alone, will work themselves out in time. It seems to me the greatest damage done to the Anglican Communion, beginning with Lambeth 1.10, was the _reaction_ to rather modest liberalizing trends in the "Global North" and parts of the Global South (such as S Africa).

Posted by Tobias Haller at Wednesday, 22 July 2009 at 10:45pm BST

My own hope is that the ABC and the majority of the Primates of the Anglican Communion will recognise the integrity of TEC's declaration of loyalty to the other Churches in the Communion - notwithstanding its determination to uphold the decisions of G.C. 2009. To resile from its stand on matters of the inclusion of women and gays in the fellowship and ministry of the Church would be akin to the 'failure of nerve' experienced in the R.C. Church on matters of reform promoted by Vatican II.

Anglicanism cannot be hog-tied to the selfish conservatism of a reactionary minority, whose hope of salvation is restricted to observance of antiquated Law, rather than the Love of Christ, who died for all - precisely because of their (our) need of redemption.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Thursday, 23 July 2009 at 10:46am BST
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