Having read through this (statements coming from the recent meeting of the Episcopal House of Bishops), I wonder if there is any way at all for the rift in the Anglican Communion to be healed. Particularly since the HOB steadfastly refuse to acknowledge that there is any real problem - it is all simply a misunderstanding, and if everyone else would just listen and have real dialogue they're sure everything would be cleared up immediately. Not that they intend to change one single bit.
The HOB actually has the arrogance to claim that they "cannot accept what would be injurious to this Church and could well lead to its permanent division." Only they're not talking about ordaining homosexuals, or women, which most certainly IS injurious to the church...they're talking about "breaking relationships". How is it possible that they not see: this is exactly what they are doing???
Further, they write that they "proclaim the Gospel that in Christ all God’s children, including women, are full and equal participants in the life of Christ’s Church. We proclaim the Gospel that in Christ all God’s children, including gay and lesbian persons, are full and equal participants in the life of Christ’s Church."
Last I checked, that wasn't the Gospel.
I knew that things were bad, but I didn't know that they were this bad.
Lord Jesus, please save our church.