- We request that the House of Bishops refrain from approving any further consecrations of same sex partnered bishops.
- We request that the House of Bishops stop all actions that allow or promote the blessing of same sex unions of any kind.
- We request that the House of Bishops fully endorse the Windsor Report as their roadmap for maintaining full communion with the world-wide Anglican Church.
- We request that the House of Bishops turn the attention of our church to the mission of reaching the lost for the sake of the Gospel.
This has been published just prior to the election in California and shortly before General Convention with the purpose of sending a petition to the House of Bishops asking them to cease and desist from any possible consecrations and blessings of any kind regarding same sex partnered folk. It is a scare tactic now and amunition for later.
Supposedly this is based on our ordination vows (See BCP 526), which vows are never mentioned in the actual content of the letter or the petition but are assumed to support the petition’s pleas.
This is a sham and a shame, meant to connect our vows to the agenda of those opposed to the inclusion of same sex partnered folk, in spite of their commitments to loving kindness towards one another as a sign of Christ’s love in the very much broken world. He wants to use the Windsor Report as a litmus test for future inclusion in both the Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church. And then, to round off these strange petitions, he asks the bishops to turn their attention to seeking the lost. (I presume he believes the Bishops have not done so because of all the fuss these days, or perhaps because they forgot?)
It is produced at this time precisely to misguide the muddled middle.
Roseberry has uttered a rude insult to any of us who take our ordination vows seriously. He thinks that the mere link of those vows and this petition is appealing and that many will sign. If they do, then good for him: he will have fools for petitioners and paper best used for wrapping fish.
As for those of us who do take our vows seriously: we no doubt will disagree about many things, not the least about the contexts for blessing, the use of reports, and even the way of seeking those who are lost. This petition, however, is neither part of our vow nor part of the solution. It is merely part of the problem.