Laurie Goodstein reports on GAFCON in her feature, Rival Conferences for Anglican Church in today's New York Times, writing about bishops who are:
"... boycotting the Lambeth Conference and attending a rival meeting for conservative Anglicans in Jerusalem.
Setting the tone for their meeting, the conservatives released a strongly worded theological manifesto on Thursday in Jerusalem, declaring that they see no possibility for reconciliation with the Episcopal Church in the United States and the Anglican Church of Canada, which have accepted a gay bishop and same-sex unions. The conservatives say that after years of emergency meetings and ultimatums, they have been “ignored,” “demonized” and “marginalized.”
“There is no longer any hope, therefore, for a unified Communion,” the document said.
The London Telegraph weighs in on GAFCON:
Gafcon is dominated by the single issue of homosexuality; its relative failure should remind us that ordinary Anglicans – and especially members of the Church of England – are not obsessed with sexual mores or gay marriage. The challenge of Lambeth is to revive Christianity in a secular age. Dr Williams is well aware of that fact, and we wish him well.
Finally, because they're not having QUITE enough fun at GAFCON yet, it seems that the uber-orthodox are going to be sharing Jerusalem with the 2008 Jerusalem Pride Celebration and Parade.
What are the odds?