"As indicated in the Kigali Communiqué (September 2006), we will be holding a consultation with the leadership of Episcopal dioceses requesting Alternative Primatial Oversight (APO). Our aim is to investigate their appeal in greater detail and identify possible responses.
We will also meet leaders from dioceses who may not have specifically requested for APO, but will like to explore together what the steps forward may be.
We will meet after the Nov 12-15 Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF) Trustees meeting, at a separate location.
Since these consultations are confidential there will be no provision for media access. We would, however, welcome your prayers.
A number of the primates have also been sent an invitation by Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schorri. They will be responding to her in due course through private communication.
Archbishop John Chew,
Secretary for Global South Steering Committee
8 November 2006"
It wouldn't hurt if they could spell her last name correctly. (They can be forgiven...it has taken me some time to get it right, too. Still, I am not the Secretary for the Global South Steering Committee.)
The posting is billed as "A Statement by the Global South Steering Committee on Consultations with bishops requesting APO." It would appear then that this is a meeting not of the four members of the ACN / Anglican Relief and Development Fund Trustees, but of the Global South Steering Committee, a slightly different body. The closing sentence, "a number of the primates" only makes sense if this is the case.
By the by: The ARDF, while it seems a fine outreach effort of the ACN, is an agency devoted to perpetuating the notion that there is something peculiarly unclean about monies from the Episcopal Church's people and congregations. Although the dioceses contributing to this fund are part of the Episcopal Church, God forbid that they might send monies through Episcopal Relief and Development. Better they should build a new Fund. In this the ACN is building on the righteousness of some overseas zealots who have determined that some money from the US is good and other money is bad. This of course is a bit of twisted idolatry that would suggest that the monies (all of which have the symbols and images of the State) are somehow not Ceaser's or the culture's if given by the righteous. Too bad about the offerings of those who thirst, etc.
I presume "meeting with leadership of both APO dioceses and those "who may not have specifically requested for APO, but will like to explore together what the steps forward may be," means Bishop Stanton of Dallas, but it may mean others as well.
Well, there it is. Anti-Windsor muck. Wear high boots and don't fall.
It appears they would like to work in private. So be it, for there is nothing to shout about in this. Too bad they cannot see themselves clear to let their yes be yes and their no be no concerning the Presiding Bishop's invitation. Perhaps some things are best kept private and mucked up.
And then, word has it, they are off to Canterbury. Might as well get best use of the tickets home. Mind the mud on the boots when you get to Lambeth.