The Moderator of the Network, Bishop Robert Duncan, in his address to the ACN this summer said, concerning the meeting of the House of Bishops that begins today in New Orleans:
"In order not to abandon the wider coalition in its one last stand, the Network Bishops have agreed to take part in the upcoming meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury and members of the Primates Steering Committee and Anglican Consultative Council. We do so, some of us at least, without any implied recognition of or submission to the American primate, without any diminishment of our appeal for Alternative Primatial Oversight, and without any expectation that the Episcopal House of Bishops will turn from the course so unequivocally embraced at their March meeting."
The HoB meeting closes with dinner on Tuesday, September 25. The meeting of the Common Cause Partners, in Pittsburgh, begins that day. It would appear that the ten Network bishops will thus miss the "business day" of the HoB meeting, the day when such matters as the Covenant are being considered.
From Diocese of Pittsburgh website we get this notation: September 19-21: House of Bishops, New Orleans, LA (Bishop Duncan & Bishop Scriven). It appears they have no intention of staying beyond the Archbishop's time with the HoB.
Similarly, From The Diocese of Fort Worth: Abp. Williams and TEC bishops in New Orleans, September 20 and 21, Common Cause Council of Bishops in Pittsburgh, September 25-28.
So Fort Worth is not sticking around after Friday either.
At the other end we get this from the Archbishop's calendar, thanks to Episcopal Cafe:
"Archbishop of Canterbury: "Following on from his visit to the United States ..., Dr Rowan Williams will visit Armenia, Syria and Lebanon, from 22nd - 29th September."Joint Standing Committee: "Meeting set for 19-25 September 2007 New Orleans, USA. The JSC have been invited to the House of Bishops Meeting of the Episcopal Church for two days of their regular House meeting. The meeting begins Thursday of this week. The JSC will then meet as a group on Monday in the same location (Inter Continental Hotel) in New Orleans....
So it would seem the Archbishop of Canterbury will not stick around either.. He leaves Saturday for Armenia.
The JSC will meet as a group on Monday (24 September). If the ABC is not chairing this meeting who is?
It is no surprise that the Network bishops, or at least these two, are out of there immediately following the ABC's presentation. They have already decided that there is no future in his efforts, and they can't abide the Presiding Bishop being Presiding Bishop. I am surprised that the Archbishop is planning to move on as well.
Everyone's schedule is busy. Too busy it appears to stick around to see what the bishops do with what they heard and said.