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Friday, February 23, 2007

Postcard from a man on the edge

Canon David Anderson President
of American Anglican Council
response to the Tanzania Thingy
Thursday February 22nd 2007


‘We are pleased. The American Anglican Council is pleased. We feel the communique is a workable document. It takes some of the slack out of the previous approach of TEC. It puts in place realistic demands and deadlines for compliance. It provides options for those in TEC that are in impaired relationships and allows border crossings, although lamentable, to continue until the situation in TEC is resolved. It gives a special status to both CANA and Amia. Even if the situation is resolved, CANA and Amia would have the option if they wished to negotiate in or not.

“It makes it so clear that Gene Robinson is unacceptable in his capacity as Bishop that he is going to have to go. He could either go gracefully and resign or he’s going to have to be removed. Otherwise, TEC cannot meet the demands of the communique.

“It is very difficult to say if he will go gracefully. He has been the poster boy for the gay and lesbian community. He might actually be at some risk from his own community if he steps down voluntarily. It might be better for him to be forced out than to step down voluntarily.

“A case could be brought against him in an ecclesiastical court, based on his personal moral conduct. If the court was hand-picked, as many courts are, to find the verdict that was desired, he could be found guilty. Once a complaint was filed in the ecclesiastical system, Bishop Jefferts Schori would call an ecclesiastical court of bishops for a trial. That is how proceedings would be instigated. A complaint could be put in by a group of bishops, presbyters or laity.”

TEC at this point is a wounded, cornered animal. Knowing how things have been, I believe that they will willingly leave the communion before they will sacrifice their ideals, their integrity. Many of the most influential bishops deeply believe in the gay and lesbian cause and believe that it is approved and blessed by God. I cannot imagine a situation where they would sell that out. In one sense, this is the flaw in the communique. In another sense, this is the brilliance of the document. They have given an option to TEC, but it is an option that is equivalent to leaping Mount Olympus. So TEC will know full well that if it does not do this, these are the consequences. But they are consequences they will have brought on themselves.”

6 comments:

Mike in Texas said...

"“It is very difficult to say if he will go gracefully. He has been the poster boy for the gay and lesbian community. He might actually be at some risk from his own community if he steps down voluntarily. It might be better for him to be forced out than to step down voluntarily."

Is this supposed to strike us as an example of "loving the sinner?"

Look at what this person has done here. He's trashed Gene Robinson and then made a poisonous implication about the G/L members of TEC while expressing some sort of fake concern for Gene Robinson's wellbeing while attempting to stir up a call to throw Gene Robinson out.

I am reminded of M. Scott Peck's 5 characteristics of an evil personality.

1. Abrogation of responsibility

2. Consistent destructive, scapegoating behavior, which may often be quite subtle.

3. Excessive, albeit usually covert, intolerance to criticism and other forms of narcissistic injury.

4. Pronounced concern with a public image and self-image of respectability, contributing to a stability of life-style but also to pretentiousness and denial of hateful feelings or vengeful motives.

5. Intellectual deviousness.

Jack said...

Wow What an enormous piece of hate mail!!! Talking about living in a dream world.

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

I hereby declare that David Anderson has completely lost touch with reality.

Ann said...

Here is more from Mr. Anderson: (I asked him if he had written this as even I thought it was over the top and perhaps a spoof - he said yes he had written it.)
"The American Anglican Council (AAC) announced today that the 21
recent Virginia inhibitions are null and void and declared them
lifted. ...AAC President Canon David C. Anderson announced today that, after a
careful examination of the facts, the inhibitions imposed on the 21
Virginia clergy associated with the departing congregations were
baseless and without jurisdiction, and therefore have been lifted.

Asked by what authority the AAC could lift the inhibitions, Canon
Anderson replied: “By what authority did Bishop Lee attempt to impose
the inhibitions on clergy belonging to Uganda and Nigeria? Those
faithful clergy are now declared Uninhibited for Christ!”

Ann said...

Here is more from Mr. Anderson: (I asked him if he had written this as even I thought it was over the top and perhaps a spoof - he said yes he had written it.)
"The American Anglican Council (AAC) announced today that the 21
recent Virginia inhibitions are null and void and declared them
lifted. ...AAC President Canon David C. Anderson announced today that, after a
careful examination of the facts, the inhibitions imposed on the 21
Virginia clergy associated with the departing congregations were
baseless and without jurisdiction, and therefore have been lifted.

Asked by what authority the AAC could lift the inhibitions, Canon
Anderson replied: “By what authority did Bishop Lee attempt to impose
the inhibitions on clergy belonging to Uganda and Nigeria? Those
faithful clergy are now declared Uninhibited for Christ!”

Bill said...

I've dealt with deadlines all my life. What I do not deal with well, are demands. I dislike vulgarity, but it seems to me that he should put these demands somewhere safe, out of direct sunlight.