Friday, December 14, 2007

This just in ...

The Archbishop of Canterbury's long-expected Advent Letter has been released today and is posted on the Anglican Communion Office website.

There will be much conversation about this missive in the hours and days to come, but for starters I don't think we can do better than Mark Harris' concise summary:

The message to the Primates continues the Archbishop's slow dance around the issues troubling the Anglican Communion. It is a difficult document in that it leaves us with little to go on except that: (i) he thinks the Episcopal Church (TEC) has gone about as far as it can go at the moment, (ii) he is puzzled why bishops in TEC can't just make decisions concerning ordinations and blessings on their own, (iii) that Bishop Robinson (who the ABC calls Gene Robinson, finding it difficult to acknowledge that Gene is indeed a bishop) is still not invited as a diocesan to Lambeth, and (iv) there may be bishops uninvited to Lambeth still, as well as bishops uninvited to engage in the life of the Communion, on the basis of their enthusiasm for the Windsor and Covenant process. The letter is something of a mess and a disappointment.

What Mark said. AND note that the Archbishop's suggestions for moving forward NOWHERE includes the voices of the gay and lesbian faithful the Anglican Communion has been committing to "listen to" for the last 30 years.
More to come.


Anonymous said...

Notice that nowhere does he even *hint* (as seems to be his preferred manner of communication) at the atrocities going on in Africa that are backed and encouraged by some of his beloved Prelates. A gross sin of omission!

Julian O. Long said...

I've posted my reaction here:

Jared Cramer said...

This letter is a terrific disappointment and reveals who ++Rowan's most concerned minority is within the church--not GLBT faithful but howling schismatics.

A disappointment indeed.

Paul said...

We. Just. Don't. Exist.

And Rowan knows we do.

I am disappointed, especially with the contrast to the Christmas letter. Well, I am ashamed to walk with huge parts of the AC and ashamed of Cantuar right now. Thank God that God is not ashamed of any of us. Unspeakable grace.

Matty H. said...

After over 200 years of a polity recognizing the charism of discerning doctrine imbued unto all the baptized by the Holy Spirit, TEC still threatens the imperialism of the Church of England! Give me a break. In effect, WE started the Anglican Communion as we sought a church non-encumbered by narrow English colonialism. Those Churches who decolonialized later should look to us as an example, rather than as a threat.