"Conservative Christians will throw down the gauntlet to the Archbishop of Canterbury this week by demanding that he openly disowns the American church over gay bishops, " reports today's London Telegraph while the San Francisco Chronicle headline is Presiding U.S. Episcopal bishop affirms same-sex unions.
Excuse me??? Then what exactly happened in New Orleans? I thought a deal had been struck -- a compromise had been brokered -- to keep the American Church in the Anglican Communion by "being clear" about where the church "is" on the issue of gay and lesbian inclusion. At least that's what I thought had been "bought" when our relationships and vocations were bartered away. So much for "clarity." I'm not any clearer ... are you????
There's apocryphal story about a matron who visited the Mt. Calvary Monastery in Santa Barbara. After a tour of the house and grounds, she is reputed to have said, "If this is poverty, I can't wait to see chastity!!!!!"
If what we got out of the House of Bishops is clarity, I can't wait to see integrity.
Or maybe I can.