Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Speaking of Regret...

More great words from Mark Harris, via PRELUDIUM:

It is time, in the spirit of the Windsor invitations to express regret, to ask if perhaps the Archbishop of Canterbury, the President of the Anglican Consultative Council, and other ranking members of any of the instruments of communion in the Anglican Communion might express regret:

REGRET that the Archbishop of Nigeria has unilaterally, and without consultation with the Communion declared that the Church of Nigeria is no longer in communion with the Episcopal Church, and

REGRET that the Archbishop of Nigeria has initiated a plan, clearly contrary to the spirit of the Windsor Report (par. 155) to provide an ecclesiastical structure in the United States for persons wishing to disassociate from the Episcopal Church but wishing to remain in a church related to the Anglican Communion, (the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA), and
REGRET that the Archbishop of Nigeria has stated his clear support for the proposal of a national law in Nigeria that criminalizes homosexuality and any support of gay or lesbian persons, and

REGRET that no spokesperson for the Anglican Communion has publicly stated that it is the Church of Nigeria that has broken communion, initiated a new missionary ecclesiastical structure in an existing Province of the Anglican Communion and has supported new laws proposed in Nigeria and has made statements in the international community that denigrate and condemn gay and lesbian persons, their rights as persons and those who in any way speak in support of their rights, and

REGRET that no agent of the Anglican Communion has publicly criticized the Church of Nigeria for its actions.

Barring such statements of regret, perhaps the Archbishop of Canterbury, as the focus of unity, his spokespersons, and the spokespersons for the instruments of communion, might be invited to refrain from accusing the Episcopal Church of the desire to "walk apart."

The Anglican Communion is already broken, a fact that seems to go mostly unstated. The issue is how to move forward from that fact to a future in which mutual forbearance and love might lead to renewed relations. Let it be noted that the Episcopal Church for all its failings, has not declared itself out of communion with any Province of the Anglican Communion, has not initiated new ecclesiastical structures in another Province, and has not spoken out publicly in support of law, custom or prejudice against gay and lesbian persons in the society and in the church and is trying to address the concerns of the Windsor Report in a responsible way.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Americans - straight and gay - are not victims here. We have got to stop that victim-thing. There is only one Victim, and tomorrow is His day. We're all guilty, guilty, guilty - gays and straights. We all fall short of the glory God and it is our sin that nails Jesus to the cross, which we remember vividly tomorrow.

The victim-thing worked for a while, but not anymore. Americans are the most privileged, affluent, educated and healthy people in the world, especially Episcopalians.

We have no idea what it is like to live in Nigeria, no idea. The last time I saw Archbishop Akinola he had just at the hospital bedside of one of his diocesan bishops who had been shot by Islamic extremists.

This whole crisis is not about homosexuality. It is about hypocrisy. American hypocrisy.

How many more stones will Americans throw and then have the audacity to call ourselves victims? For God's sake. Do we think Nigeria and Uganda are the Pharisees? I don't think so. I think the Episcopal Church has displayed more arrogance and hypocrisy and blindness and it's time we got off our high horse by playing the victim card. We are not victims.

This mess is our own making.

Enjoy your Good Friday. Someone went through a lot of trouble to make it Good.