It’s been a hectic day for Anglican news, but I haven’t drawn anything about it all because I went to Southend to look at the sea and buy asparagus.
OK, where do I start?
First of all the “Co-mission” ordinations story. You may remember these were the naughty conservative evangelical clergy in Southwark who ordained people using irregular bishops and got told off by their Bishop as a result. Well, today I read this article about a letter from evangelical clergy in that diocese saying that they agree with the Bishop, thereby making clear that this isn’t just a plain old Evangelical / liberal issue but something more complex.
Then there was the rather mean letter from the bishops in the ‘Global South’ (similar to the normal sort of south) to Archbishop of Canterbury battering him with Bible verses when he had specifically asked for a time of praying, listening and generally being reasonable. Not that helpful. Unfortunately it turns out that it wasn’t from all the Bishops in the south at all, but that they had forged people’s signatures and generally made themselves look foolish. They may well have asked a friend of a friend to post it in the next town to disguise the postmark, but we’re still a bit uncertain about that.
The Archbishop of Canterbury replied saying that he wasn’t quite sure what was meant by the letter but if it means what I think it means then it “would seem to serve very little purpose indeed”, ecclesiastical-speak for “You’re being very silly”.
Then Ruth Gledhill came up with a story entitled ‘Church of England evil say Archbishops‘ and has now explained that it was done in a bit of a rush. I thought about doing a post in a similar vein elaborating upon how my blog posts are constructed, but you really wouldn’t be interested.
As always if you want to know what has actually been happening in the Anglican world then Thinking Anglicans remains the number one spot for links. There are some other sources too but I’m not going to give them away or you’ll know where I get all my ideas from. If my sort of rambling nonsense is more your style then I’m about to create an ‘Anglican goings-on’ category here on the blog for your information and interest.