Wednesday, 15 July 2009


There seem to have, initially, been some rather misleading headlines about D025, which was just being discussed in York at the end of the weekend. ENS news claimed, "Bishops approve resolution opening ordination to gays and lesbians." This was later changed to, "Bishops affirm openness of ordination process" - oops! a bit different, I think!
The actual wording of D025 is an amendment of the fourth resolve, which originally read "that the 76th General Convention affirm that God has called and may call such individuals, to any ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church which call is tested through our discernment processes acting in accordance with the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church." They inserted the words "and that God's call to the ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church is a mystery which the church attempts to discern for all people" after the words "to any ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church" and deleted "which call is tested"
(...are you bored yet...?)

As a Bishop who voted against it said, "it will be interpreted nationally as a rejection of B033. I actually think it is more subtle and nuanced than that." In addition resolution B033 apparently did not change Episcopal Church canons, it offered guidance, it never endorsed the moratorium as such - so nothing has been "overturned."

Has ECUSA voted to ordain lesbian and gays - emphatically "no". Has it moved a step further towards this goal - definitely "yes".

1 comment:

  1. You might want to check out one Kendal Harmon, a conservative in TEC ( South Carolina) who has just issued a strongly worded repudiation of D025.