For five years my wife and were members of St. James Episcopal Church in Newport Beach, California (1997-2002). Our rector at the time was the Rt. Rev. David C. Anderson, president and CEO of the American Anglican Council, the ecclesiastical Green Zone for the U.S. Anglican traditionalists trying to secure orthodox dioceses and parishes from hostile assimilation into the Borg of Anglican liberalism. For this reason, as well for another reason, I've had more than a passing interest in what is going in the World Anglican Communion.
In the midst of catching up on the recent goings on in the Anglican world, I just saw this entry (authored by Margaret Cabaniss) on the Inside Catholic Blog
The Anglican Church's Lambeth Conference is currently underway, and high on everyone's list of concerns is a potential split between Canterbury and the more traditional wing of the church. More than 200 conservative bishops have boycotted the conference in protest of the communion's official stance on gay clergy and women bishops, and rumors continue to swirl about the rift becoming permanent, with separate provinces being established under their leadership.
But Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church here in the States, isn't taking their insolence lying down:
[She] has vowed to ask [Canterbury Archbishop] Dr Williams "to encourage other parts of the Communion to cease their incursions" while they are together at Lambeth.
She said: "It's totally opposed to a traditional Christian understanding of how bishops relate to each other. That's the biggest difficulty. They're setting up as something else in the same geographical territory."
The female bishop -- the one in favor of practicing homosexual clergy -- is trying to argue from tradition. Irony is fun. (H/t Father Longenecker)
You just can't make this stuff up.