Comments: More comments on Windsor

It seems to me that liberals have decided to be conciliatory at this stage; conservatives disappointed; and that both had probably decided to do so before this was published.

For it strikes me that this is a deeply flawed document. I am worried that it would hand some sort of formal canon law making power to a Lambeth Conference which is inherently anti-liberal, and to judge from 1998, rabidly homophobic. I also worry that it makes the Primates Meeting a pseudo-College of Cardinals (admittedly a trend that has been running for some time).

As for the covenant, at the end of the day, the hierarchy can sign up for whatever they want, but in a synodical church the initiative often rests with the laity, as the process towards same-sex blessings in New Westminster shows.

Posted by Gerry Lynch at Monday, 18 October 2004 at 3:34pm BST

So what should gay Anglican priests who are in committed relationships do in the light of this? Resign? All stand up and be counted? Keep quiet and know that they will never get promoted? Hope the issue goes away (it won't)? There must be hundreds of (mostly) men and some women in this situation. Where do they go now and what should they do next?

Posted by Tony at Monday, 18 October 2004 at 4:30pm BST

I think there were some very cler, and quite troubling, recommendations given;

More authority for the Archbishop of Canterbury (already being referred to as an Anglican pope).

The appointment of A Council of Advice (referred to elsewhere in the media as "The Star Chamber").

The Anglican Covenant, which one would assume everyone must sign, promising that we will stop misbehaving.

The Right Reverend Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire, officially becomes an untouchable.

The Episcopal Church apologizes for past naughtiness, promises not to do it again, and those bishops who have been naughty voluntarily remove themselves from the councils of the Church (or, as interpreted by some, resign from the episcopate).

Conservative bishops stop misbehaving; specifically respect diocesan boundaries.

In extreme situations, delegated pastoral oversight by a bishop other than the diocesan may be warranted, as long as the end result is to work towards reconciliation.

I can't see how ECUSA will ever be able to sign off on this. If Gene is uninvited to Lambeth, we all are; And calling for the resignation of all the diocesans who participated in the consecration? A bit over the top, I'd say.

Too bad we have to wait four years until the next Lambeth. I think ECUSA needs to say "no thanks" quickly, so we can get on with rebuilding the communion, and have a home ready for Rowan when Canterbury is carted off to Uganda.

Posted by Jake at Monday, 18 October 2004 at 5:05pm BST

A senior professor of theology said to me recently that it would take the rest of this century at least to resolve questions concerning homosexuality in the Anglican church. I see nothing in the Windsor report or the response thus far to it to persuade me that he was wrong.

Posted by Brian at Tuesday, 19 October 2004 at 4:00am BST