Sunday, 12 September 2004

Griswold interviewed on BBC

On the BBC’s Sunday radio programme an interview with Frank Griswold

Listen here with Real Audio. 6 minutes long.

The BBC’s blurb:

On Friday it was announced that the Lambeth Commission on Communion will publish its report on the 18th October. The commission, chaired by Archbishop Robin Eames is trying to find a way of holding the fragmenting Anglican communion together. The commission says it expects to propose radical changes in the ways Anglicanism relates to its different constituencies. The Dean of Southwark, Colin Slee, has now warned that a “civil war” could result. This latest and gravest crisis was triggered by the decision of the Episcopal Church in the United States, ECUSA, to elect the practising homosexual Canon Gene Robinson, to the office of Bishop, and by the blessing of same sex unions in Canada. The man who consecrated Gene Robinson is the presiding Bishop of ECUSA, Frank Griswold, who is preaching in St Paul’s Cathedral later today. Earlier Roger asked him how he would react, if as has been rumoured, the Eames Commission recommended ECUSA be disciplined? Would a civil war result?

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I have to admit it kind of pains me to hear +Frank say (para.) “we misjudged the impact” of +Gene’s consecration. While it’s true, on the one hand, the election of an ECUSA diocesan bishop is a highly local (and usually low-key!) affair, w/ a national context at most in terms of said bishop’s confirmation (not “election,” as the Beeb blurbs it above—-but even that’s better than the frequent “appointment” falsehood).

At the same time, I saw +Gene’s consecration as a witness to the world. Not for any kind of political acceptance (Do we have to say it again? ECUSA is not seeking to dictate AC policy re homosexuality!), but simply of our collective joy that, once again, “the stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone, and it is MARVELOUS in our eyes!” (And if it’s not marvelous, but tragic, in someone else’s eyes: they have the right to their emotions too, just as we have).

Beyond that, I think +Gene is prepared to accept that he would be “the invisible man” at Lambeth (when he enters, everyone leaves—-well, not everyone!). If no one talks to him, so be it . . . as long as his vote is counted (and his prayer is heard: but the latter, being up to Our Ever-Merciful Savior, isn’t in doubt!).

But come to think of it, can anything more than this happen anyway (except for the vote-counting)? If ECUSA bishops just “show up” wherever Anglican bishops meet, all that can happen is that they are ignored (unless the AC tries to sick the host nation’s police on ‘em—-what a lovely photo op that would be).

Hound of heaven, folks: you can run from Episcopalian love, but you can’t hide. We’ll love ya, and love ya, and love ya, and when you’ve had enough, we’ll love ya some more.

“No, ‘if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:20-21

Posted by: J. Collins Fisher at September 14, 2004 02:41 AM

You haven’t loved me very much :)
(Maybe you’re a ‘tough love’ advocate after all.)

Posted by: Dr Christopher Shell at September 18, 2004 01:24 PM
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