Back in November, 2006, the Global South Steering Committee met in Virginia with what they described as "bishops and representatives of eight Anglican Communion Network Dioceses who have appealed to the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Global South Primates for various forms of Alternative Primatial Oversight." They were joined by "representatives of other Windsor-compliant Dioceses and the more than one hundred congregations that are now separated from the Episcopal Church..."
Bishop John Schofield of San Joaquin attended that meeting and at deanery meetings in his diocese is reported to have said that
"The Primates were asking for specific things of the Network;
2. A single spokesman (Bp. Duncan was selected)
3. Signatures on a document which will be submitted to the Primates (all present signed, although the contents of the document were not revealed.)"
This was reported on Fr. Jake's blog, and he commented at the close of this blog entry, "After careful study of the information that I have received from those who were present, I am confident that the above is an accurate representation of Bp. Schofield's public statements at the deanery meetings. Make of them what you will."
The contents of the document were not revealed at that time, but have been revealed in papers required to be disclosed in the legal contest between Calvary Church Pittsburgh and the Diocese of Pittsburgh. This was made know to me to day by someone commenting on one of my recent blog postings. The complete file in which this file can be found is HERE. On the thought that the reader has no reason to go through the whole file, here is what the document says,
" "Private and Confidential Westfields Response to the Global South Steering Committee
November 16,2006 Chantilly, Virginia
The undersigned, having convened with the Global South Steering Committee in Chantilly, Virginia, on November 15-17, 2006, declare:
ARTICLE I: We are firmly committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, the authority of holy Scripture and historic Anglican faith and practice.
ARTICLE II: We have chosen the Rt. Rev. Robert W. Duncan as our leader and hereby submit to his leadership without reservation in building unity among us and as our representative for the present in the councils of the Anglican Communion.
ARTICLE III: We pledge to lay aside all obstacles, which may prevent us from achieving our common purpose.
ARTICLE IV: We solemnly pledge not to withdraw from these commitments."
It would seem that the reference to "Westfields" connected as it is to Chantilly, Virginia, is to the Westfields Marriott Hotel at the Washington Dulles Airport, which is is Chantilly, VA.
This certainly looks like the document that Bishop Schofield represents in his Deanery talks. If so, and if as it is reported (i) The Network Bishops seeking APO and other Windsor Bishops (meaning one supposes from the first Camp Allen Meeting in September) were there and (ii) "all present signed" then it may be that a majority of the Camp Allen group pledged to acknowledge Bishop Duncan as "our leader and hereby submit to his leadership without reservation."
The disclosure of this document seems to confirm the previous report, admittedly second hand, of the content of Bishop Schofield's report on the session.
What is new in this is that if all those US Bishops present at the meeting in Virginia signed off on the document it may well that a majority of the so called "Windsor Compliant" or "Camp Allen" bishops are already pledged to The Moderator as their "leader."