So, still nothing from the Moderator of the Network. As noted in earlier postings a week after the end of the House of Bishop's meeting, March 20th, and then again on April 11th.
In that blog I quoted Bishop Duncan's Easter message to his diocese:
"In a small way, the results of the Primates' Meeting at Dar es Salaam showed the Lord's power, once again, for those who refuse to bow down to the false gods of a declining Western culture. As we look toward Easter, we are reminded of the greatest of all acts of deliverance by our faithful God - a triumph in which we actually share - the triumph of life over death because Jesus would not bow down to the world, the flesh or the devil."
I then commented:
"It would appear that the Moderator has other concerns that keep him from speaking either to the results of the House of Bishop's meeting or to matters as seemingly secondary as the actions and words of the Archbishop of Nigeria, who in turn is no slouch in decrying the 'false gods of a declining Western culture'."
It has now been a full month since the House of Bishops spoke its mind, and no word is heard from the Bishop of Pittsburgh and Moderator of the Anglican Communion Network.
The Network website carried no Easter message from the Moderator and has carried on with this programmatic efforts, which include a variety of mission and relief efforts and an upcoming conference.
So, what's going on?
Perhaps the Moderator is rethinking his statement, particularly the bit in which he attributes our deliverance to that fact that "Jesus would not bow down to the world, the flesh or the devil." It would be perhaps a bit ungracious to walk further with the Moderator into the speculative land where the virtue of not bowing down to the world, the flesh or the devil (whatever that means) is identified in his mind with both God's deliverance and his own quest of these past few years.
Many of us, however, might well ask, why the continued silence?
There is not much chatter out there, not much saber rattling, not much in the way of new threats of mass exodus of dioceses into some alternative American church. Some of the Network dioceses appear to have less stomach for the hard line.
Only the Convocation of Anglicans in North America, with its growing covey of bishops and its recruiting method of "Forty Days of Discernment" is out and about.
In Nigeria things are, regrettably, a mess. The Archbishop has other matters to attend to, but he has not left the building. Indeed, by way of CANA he has kept his presence here, mucking about in fields not his own. Interestingly, the Archbishop also has made no comment on the House of Bishops statements.
Is there a breakdown in CANA / ACN relations?
There is only silence, and there has been for a month. But that will not last.