The Anglicans are at it again folks. Yes those zany, dreadfully serious, Anglicans have once again convinced themselves that what they do or don't do has any affect at all on anything meaningful in the world. As you know they have long since given up on any thought of actually doing anything to further the realm of God or bring justice to the world. They just snip and snipe and sneer and leer at each other as though they actually had the luxury of acting like spoiled teenagers while people are starving and dying and begging for spiritual guidance and nurture.
The Archbishop of Canterbury (ABC) has once again proved himself to be nearly as arrogant and self absorbed as the Roman pope by withholding an invitation to Lambeth 2008 from Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire. (Isn't he adorable all dressed up looking every bit the antique!) A bishop duly elected, all i's dotted and t's crossed with all appropriate approvals, etc., properly consecrated and the diocesan bishop of a geographic diocese in New Hampshire. His only crime... honesty. He's not the only gay bishop folks, he's just the only honest one. It is one of the most stunning examples of bigotry I have ever witnessed. Even I didn't believe he would be this obvious. But there it is.... every other properly consecrated bishop in the whole of the Anglican Communion.... except the queer.
Some in the press have said that Pope..... er Archbishop William's UNvitation of the so-called Bishop Martyn Minns is the counterbalance to the UNvitation for Bishop Robinson. I must respectfully remind those of you unchurched in Anglican family bidness that Minns was irregularly ordained by the Anglican Church of NIGERIA.... while he lives in ..... Virginia? (Only in America) Oh yes, yes and there's that little unpleasantness at Truro in Fairfax, with them wanting to leave the Episcopal Church and take the property and money with them. That case goes to Fairfax County Circuit Court soon. But I digress.
And even more scintillating is the assertion by Archbishop Peter Akinola, also running for Anglican Pope against Dr. Williams, that if so-called Bishop Minns is not invited, then neither is the entire house of bishops of the Anglican Church of Nigeria. (This would be funny if it were not so tragic.) So let the schism begin!
The voice of Susan Russell, president of Integrity USA, was loud and clear in her response. She described the situation as an "appalling lack of leadership" on Pope Rowan's part. You go girl!
Ironically I was reading the op-ed piece written by the primate of the Episcopal Church, Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori today as she talks about interconnectedness. Here is a quote from her final words, "At the very beginning of the Judeo-Christian Scriptures, we hear of God's
creation of the universe and his proclamation that the whole of it is very
good. Ultimately, this story is an account of relationships: the bond of love
between God and the world, and the interconnectivity of all people and all
things in that world. It is only when we take seriously those relationships --
when we realize that all people have a stake in the health and well-being of
all others and of the Earth itself -- that creation can truly begin to
realize the abundant life that God intends for every one of us."
Too bad these lovely high minded ideas are not required of the Archbishop of Canterbury with regard to a Bishop in the Episcopal Church.