One of my favorite priests on the planet ... Howard Anderson ... offered a reflection entitled "An Equivalent" on today's HoB/D listserve and graciously gave permission for it to be shared more widely.
I was just thinking. The Primates, presuming to demand action by ECUSA has a parallel.
Imagine how most Americans would react if the Security Council of the United Nations, much respected by many of us, made this demand:
To the House of Representative of the USA,
Cease and desist your legislative action on matter X (it really doesn't matter what legislation but let's say it is on immigration) or we will refuse to accept your money which keeps the UN afloat, because it is tainted. If you fail to stop legislating on this issue, we will shun you and kick you out of the UN.
Further, we at the UN Security Council have decided that despite the issue of national sovereignty (read that our church equivalent Provincial and Diocesan autonomy) we will ask the Senate of the United States to tell you members of the House of Representatives that you cannot continue to legislate on immigration matters because we say so, and we are the UN Security Council.
Read the rest here ... and thanks, Howard! YOU ROCK!