Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Rowan Williams to celebrate 'secret' LGBT communion service

From The Times (London):
The Clergy Consultation has managed to get the Archbishop of Canterbury to celebrate a communion service and give a talk on 'present realities and future possibilities for lesbians and gay men in the Church.' The consultation is a support organisation for male and female, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender clergy, religious, ordinands, seminarians and their partners. As we report, the meeting, so secret that the list of those attending was to be 'shredded once seen by the Archbishop', is on November 29 at St Peter's, Eaton Square where the Bishop of Salisbury's former chaplain, Nick Papadopulos, is the new Vicar. The meeting is being organised by Chris Newlands, chaplain to the Bishop of Chelmsford, and Christina Beardsley. It comes at a particularly sensitive time given that the Archbishop is travelling to the US this week to see what steps TEC bishops are taking in order to come in line with Windsor following the 2003 consecration of Gene Robinson...
Those remaining orthodox Episcopalians who pin their hopes on support from the Anglican Communion might want to take note. I will love to see the Global South response to this revelation.

du·plic·i·ty (doo-plIs'-Itee, dyoo-)
n. pl. du·plic·i·ties
1. a. Deliberate deceptiveness in behavior or speech. b. An instance of deliberate deceptiveness; double-dealing.
2. The quality or state of being twofold or double.

It's not my place to determine whether My Lord Archbishop's actions fit definition one, although the secret nature of the meeting certainly causes one to think. Given the current state of the communion and ++Rowan's role in trying to keep it together, definition two certainly sems to fit. In any case, it certainly provides those who hold to the historic faith a clear indicator of their status in any future church under Canterbury.