Tuesday, June 20, 2006

”The End of the Road”

In the midst of the General Convention, Matt+ Kennedy so dubs today’s debate on A161, the resolution on gay bishops and same-sex blessings. Today indeed may well determine whether the Anglican Communion stays together or not.

He writes that the current resolution must change or die, and I agree. Many liberals and most conservatives will vote it down as now worded.

More importantly, it really isn’t a moratorium at all on same-sex blessings. It only says this General Convention won’t develop or authorize same-sex blessings at this time. Big freakin’ deal! In the spirit of that resolution, I pledge not to blow stuff up at this time. Isn't that comforting?

Further, it affirms “the need to maintain a breadth of responses to situations of pastoral care for gay and lesbian Christians in this Church.” And you know certain dioceses will drive a Mack Truck through those loopholes and move right along with same-sex blessings. (Well, those rarified sort of people don’t drive trucks, but you know what I mean.)

There are other problems with the resolution, but it suffices to say for now that the current resolution is dead on arrival, satisfying no one but timid fudge merchants and certainly not complying with Windsor/Dromantine.

This will be an interesting day.

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