Here are some links – from my site and from the Episcopal Café.
We know that Bishop Parsley appointed eight people – four of whom would argue for LGBTs' place in the Christian community, and four who would argue against it. He didn’t seek impartiality or contemplation. He sought advocates. Further, he wanted them to write two competing papers, which would be delivered to the House of Bishops in 2011. All that happened in the middle of 2009. I ranted that the bishops were engineering the schedule to render our General Convention impotent.
But that didn’t work. Our General Convention made great strides this summer in Anaheim.
We know all that.
Note this, though, for it is truly news!! The secret panel was told to prepare their papers for consideration by the bishops in 2011. What LeMarquand reveals is that the papers are going to the House of Bishops meeting in March 2010 – a full year before the schedule we had been given.
I can't help but wonder if this is so the bishops can make their deliberations before the May deadline for consents on Mary Glasspool's election.
What else would account for the bishops and/or secret panel moving the schedule up by a full year?
Perhaps I'm naive or downright foolish or blind in some other sort of way. But here's my hoped-for scenario:
- The House of Bishops will receive the secret panel's papers in March, and a vast majority will agree with the side that sees gay/lesbian Christians should be fully included in the rites of our church. If need be, they may instruct the panel to tweak the paper a bit.
- Meanwhile, most of the bishops will consent to Glasspool's election and consecration.
- The next House of Bishops meeting will formally adopt the statement (perhaps with amendments) from the panel as their statement on SSBs and LGBT ordinations.
- The bishops will then submit a resolution for GC2012, to the effect, "Resolved, that the nifty document, Queers are Really Welcome in TEC, shall be the official statement of this church."
- The deputies will concur.
- Peace will reign in TEC, the Anglican Communion, and all Christendom. Shortly thereafter, Jesus will come to establish his kingdom on earth.