The Anglican Primates have finally released an official statement at the conclusion of their meeting in Tanzania, along with a set of recommendations related to "Windsor compliance" and diocesan border crossings.
The statement itself is largely taken up with a description of the current impasse in the Communion. Not much new light shed there.
The recommendations are the heart of the matter. They boil down to this:
1. A VERY cumbersome process to resolve diocesan border crossing and provide alternative episcopal/primatial oversight. It may work if people really want it to do so. We shall see.
2. A request to our House of Bishops to declare unequivocally that no more partnered lesbian or gay priests will become bishops and to issue a "cease and desist" order on the authorization of rites for blessing same-sex couples. The HOB must respond by September.
So, the question for our bishops is this: do you expect us to go back in the closet or not? What price are you willing to pay if the answer is "no"?
And the question for those of us who are gay or lesbian, and our allies, is this: what price are we willing to pay if the bishops' answer is "yes"?
The lie has been exposed: this whole impasse has been about sex all along. And the sole focus on the Episcopal Church reveals how much it has been driven by U.S. conservatives. I must admire their tenacity, even as I deplore their methods and their purpose.
"Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen." (BCP, p. 99)