Orthodox Bishops See Little Hope for ECUSA’S Reform

Future Grim as General Convention Draws Closer

News Analysis

By David W. Virtue

Two things are becoming abundantly clear as the Episcopal Church heads towards General Convention in June.

The first is that the Presiding Bishop and his fellow revisionist bishops have no intention of repenting of their actions in consecrating V. Gene Robinson to the episcopacy as the first homoerotic Bishop of New Hampshire, and secondly they will not step away voluntarily from the Anglican Communion unless forced to do so.

Following ECUSA’s ouster from the Anglican Consultative Council, Frank Griswold went on the offensive saying, “I can’t imagine a conversation saying we got it wrong. I can see a conversation saying we should have been more aware of the effect that the decisions we took would have in other places.”

Then Griswold added this: “It does not mean that our point of view has fundamentally changed.” He also said that he could not guarantee that his church would honor a moratorium – “how ultimately these questions will be answered remains with the community itself” – and he made clear that gay blessings might quietly continue too.

They have and they will, with possibly another non-celibate homosexual waiting in the wings to be included among the purple ranks, despite a moratorium. The revisionists have the votes, the orthodox have outrage.

The Rt. Rev. John Howe, Bishop of Central Florida was frank enough to admit in his recent diocesan address that he saw no scenario in which the present “moratoria” on consecrations and blessings will be continued beyond the General Convention itself.

In short, it will be business as usual, with ECUSA snubbing its nose at the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Primates of the Anglican Communion, upping its budget obligations to the Anglican Consultative Council to ensure its place at the table forever and ever amen. The Episcopal Church will go on imploding, parishes, priests and laity will flee, but ECUSA has the money to buy foreign allegiances and buy them she will.