So, at the most 24 bishops, according to Stand Firm, have ever attended a "Windsor Bishops" meeting. At one time or another all 10 of the Network bishops have been there, leaving 14 non Network bishops. At this latest meeting 7 of the 17 were Network. So this time 10 other bishops were present.
This is not exactly an overwhelming crowd. Certainly it is a sizable minority of the House of Bishops diocesan bishops - 24 out of 110 - about 22%. But we must remember that 10 of these have already declared themselves the truly Windsor Compliant even though their Moderator has dismissed the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Lambeth Conference as being fatally flawed.
The Moderator has also said the Windsor Bishops are making a "last stand" at the House of Bishop's meeting in September.
In this context, and assuming that my information is correct, it is strange that the Archbishop of Canterbury sent an envoy to meet with them at Camp Allen.
First, I have heard nothing posted that says that Canon Cameron was at Camp Allen. Was he or wasn't he? An answer would be must helpful.
Helpful because I wonder just what is going on:
It would be of considerable interest to know if the so called "Windsor Bishops," are being advised by or are giving advice to the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Windsor Bishops got a bit of a play up in the Communique from Dar Es Salaam, where the "Camp Allen Principles" got mentioned in the text and footnoted at the end. Perhaps Canon Cameron was there as follow-up, to see if there are more "Principles" in play.
Perhaps he is there precisely to build them up as the sizable minority which the Network, by itself, is not. 24 beats 10 any day. Perhaps the Archbishop thinks that the Windsor Bishops represent a more centrists sort of group around which a temporary hold can be put on the possible fall out that might otherwise result from the House of Bishops meeting. He will be ill advised to think so.
But what IS going on? I believe, from a good source, that the Windsor Bishops Meeting #3 is considering advising the Archbishop on what he ought to stress in his discussion with the Bishops. It took a great deal to get the Archbishop to come to the HoB meeting at all. If he is guided in his thinking by the Camp Allen advice there will be great disappointment and considerable anger from a good portion of the 78% of the HoB diocesans who are not part of the Windsor bishops or the Network.