By David W. Virtue
June 10, 2010

The Archbishop of Canterbury has suspended a number of U.S. Episcopal ecumenists from serving on several ecumenical bodies, reducing them to observer status, because of the election of a lesbian as a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Los Angeles. US Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori doesn’t like it one little bit.

She complained mightily in New York when the suspension was first revealed. She retorted back to Rowan Williams “Pentecost Letter” with a “Continuing Pentecost” Letter of her own saying that Pentecost is “a continuing gift of the Spirit, rather than a limitation or quenching of that Spirit,” ergo; homosexuality is good and right in the eyes of God.

A VOL theologian wrote to say that Jefferts Schori’s letter with her declaration of a “continuing Pentecost,” is a Montanist heresy, one of the earliest and probably the first in the sub-apostolic era (ca. 200 A.D.).

Jefferts Schori then flew up to Halifax, Canada, where she whined about it to Archbishop of Canada Fred Hiltz at their General Synod, saying, “I don’t think it helps dialogue to remove some people from the conversation.” She said their removal from international ecumenical dialogues was “unfortunate….it misrepresents who the Anglican Communion is.” She also described disciplinary actions by the Archbishop of Canterbury as “colonial” and a “push toward centralized authority.”

When she travels to London later this week, Jefferts Schori will undoubtedly give the Archbishop of Canterbury an earful when she ascends unto the pulpit of Southwark Cathedral, right under Dr. Williams’ nose (Lambeth Palace is only a few miles away) and once again tell him exactly what she thinks.

The Presiding Bishop is learning the lesson of taking advantage of every opportunity to whine, complain and blast the Archbishop of Canterbury for not living up to her high standards of pansexual inclusion and, by association, to belittle and downgrade those provinces that don’t get with the sexual enlightenment program of The Episcopal Church.

The Living Church reported that as many as five Episcopal leaders have been affected by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s decision as outlined in the Pentecost letter. The ABC’s letter also raised questions for the Anglican Church of Canada and the Anglican Church of the Southern Cone.

The Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, Kenneth Kearon sent a letter to the primate of Canada (where he has been for the past week) asking whether his church has formally adopted a policy that breaches the moratorium on authorizing public rites of same-sex blessing. The answer, of course, was yes (now approved in at least five dioceses) and, no, we are not going backwards and, yes, we really don’t care what the Global South or the Archbishop of Canterbury thinks.

A similar letter was sent to the Primate of the Southern Cone, Gregory O. Venables, for possible breach of the third moratorium on cross-border interventions in the U.S.

The question is why Venables? He has not been on these shores since before the formation of ACNA, more than a year ago. Crossing borders, now that a new Anglican province has been formed, is entirely irrelevant to the whole discussion. Nobody needs to do it. Furthermore why didn’t Kearon write to Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini of Rwanda who was in Canada last week along with Archbishop Yong Ping Chung of South East Asia ministering to ANiC churches?

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