While some of us were caught napping or preaching or something, Jim Naughton over at Daily Episcopalian put the question to the "Windsor Compliant Bishops," that group of twenty or so bishops, half from the Anglican Communion Network, half from elsewhere in the Episcopal Church. The question is this:
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS?
We know that half of them have distinct plans for the setup of a separate Anglican Communion entity in the US with status as a jurisdiction of the Anglican Communion. The other half? Who knows.
Read the whole thing HERE.
I have said before and I will say it again...its not over til its over. The idea of a "college of bishops" forming a Windsor compliant jurisdiction is a very bad idea. Let me repeat: VERY BAD.
Here is why: (i) It will solidify the impression that there is a crisis and that compliance with the Windsor Report is the only solution. It is not. Compliance with the Windsor Report or any other committee report is a consequence of idolatry, in this case making an idol of a perfectly competent but quite fallible document. (ii) It will quickly be argued that this college of "Windsor compliant Bishops" is the constituent member of the Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church is heretical, schismatic and evil.
Jim is right to ask his question, for if the bishops have indeed been planning to be this college of Windsor compliant Bishops they have been engaged in ecclesiological subversion ( the church parallel I suppose, to sedition.) Attempts at such subversion is of course anyone's right. But the need for questioning vigilance is our duty.
So the question is,
Bishops: What are your plans?