Canterbury Receives Consolidated APO Request
The Seven Episcopal dioceses requesting Alternative Primatial Oversight have consolidated their requests into one 14 page petition and sent it to the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, as reported at the Living Church.
I’m encouraged that ++Rowan has already been proactive in this matter, quickly asking that the requests be consolidated into one. He seems to see that the usual delay, such as sending the requests to the circular file known as the Panel of Reference, will not do.
I’ll go further and say that if he wishes to keep the Anglican Communion somewhat intact, and he does, then he must treat the petition as a serious and urgent matter. Some primates are already unhappy over the subversion of the Panel of Reference, and rightly so. If ++Rowan doesn’t give this effort to bring relief for orthodox Anglicans the concern it merits, there will be that much less incentive for conservatives to stick with the AC.
Also note that TEC Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold has cancelled the House of Bishops meeting this Fall. Whatever his reasons, it’s a wise move. Nothing good was going to come out of that meeting. And certain Left Coast bishops were hoping to use it to dispose the orthodox bishop of San Joaquin.
So kudos to ++Frank. (Wow! Did I just say that?)