Carey says Anglican Communion is in crisis
Former archbishop of Canterbury
wants U.S. church to give in to demands
From the article: Ten years ago, Carey presided over the 1998 Lambeth Conference which declared homosexual behavior as not scriptural.
"So what the American church has done by the election and then ordination of Gene Robinson is really actually turn its back on the voice, the moral voice of the Lambeth Conference. That's the problem basically. There is no way out of the problem now."
Still, Carey feels that if the Americans were to come out wholeheartedly for the Windsor Covenant, dialogue and reconciliation would be possible.
"If the Episcopal Church says, 'No, dammit, we are not going to go that way', then there is no dialogue," he said. "They are actually saying they are walking away from the family, they are closing the door. But if they are prepared to say, 'We will fall in behind the convenant,' then we can find a resolution.
"But there is no sign that the American House of Bishops realizes how serious it is," he said.
From my comment on titusonenine earlier today:
No, actually, what there IS is no sign that the American House of Bishops is going to abandon its commitment to decades of discernment of the Holy Spirit that has led us to the place where, like Peter when faced with Cornelius (anybody else preaching that text on Sunday?) recognized that God shows no partiality and our job is to bring people to Jesus, not push them away.
Why do I think that a first century version of Lord Carey’s arguments were used at the Council of Jerusalem when Peter and Paul went head-to-head about the inclusion of the Gentiles? The Holy Spirit won that one and She’ll win this one, too ... in the long haul.
In the short haul, how sad that Carey is part of the problem by insisting that reconciliation short of capitulation is not possible. I’m double checking the Scripture text but ... yes, there it is ... with God ALL things are possible.
And now, back the aforementioned sermon ...