11 July 2009

Fianlly, some strong language on the ordination of all qualified

A much stronger version of D025 (Commitment and Witness to Anglican Communion) actually cleared the committee and will be sent to the floor of both houses. Even two of the five bishops on the committee support the revision. So that you can see how much strongr the revision is, I've pasted the corrections in for you.
Resolved, That this the 76th General Convention recognize that individuals gay and lesbian persons who are part of such relationships have responded to God's call and have exercised various ministries in and on behalf of God's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church over the centuries and are currently doing so in our midst, often without the church's recognition of their lifelong committed relationships and the blessings bestowed by such relationships; and be it further

Resolved, That this the 76th General Convention affirm that God has called and may call such individuals, like any other baptized members, to any ordained ministry in The Episcopal Church, which call is tested in our polity through our discernment processes carried out under Canon III acting in accordance with the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church and the canons of its dioceses; and be it further

Resolved, That this the 76th General Convention acknowledge that, while the members of The Episcopal Church, like those in our sister Provinces as of the Anglican Communion, based on careful study of the Holy Scriptures, and in light of tradition and reason, are not all of one mind on this issue, and that Christians of good conscience, based on careful study of the Holy Scriptures, may disagree about this issue, the validity of the Church's sacraments comes from the action of the Holy Spirit in and through them, not from the frail humans celebrating them in God's name disagree about some of these matters.

Notice how much stronger the revision is than the original.

I'm sorry they didn't include bisexuals and transgendered persons as well, but at least we finally see those two words (gay/lesbian) in print in a good piece of legislation.

But the question really is, will the bishops go for it? I doubt it. To be blunt, I don't think they have the balls to stand up to Rowan and the bigots of the so called "global south." Let's all pray that I have to eat my words.

Make sure to read today's Convention Daily and in particular the article Restraint, or welcome by the Episcopal Church by Melodie Woerman.

UPDATE: Episcopal Life has posted on this issue.