9/24/2007

Two contending drafting groups? What's Up?

Just an hour ago I wrote, "If this is indeed the appointed working group fine. If this group is somehow a second group, well, less fine." I was referring to the Stephen Bates list of people trying to put together a compromise. It turns out this is not the official drafting committee.

The drafting committee made its first report at about 12:45 PM. None of the people on the Bates list were on this list. Matt Kennedy at Stand Firm has a rough list of those bishops - with some errors corrected later.

So either Bates is wrong or there is both an official drafting committee and a second group whose proposals will come out in one way or another.

3 comments:

  1. It's hard to believe that Bates would be so wrong. Further, the draft statement, to me, is barely responsive to the Primates DES communique - which feels like a disconnect with the ABC's visit.There's also supposed to be a minority report. Maybe it's not until the minority report draft is made public that the Bates compromise will be offered.

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  2. I wonder if the "Healy" on M Kennedy's list should be +Ely of Vermont?

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  3. It seems to me that the squishy middle is ready to put LGBT persons on the stake in order to keep in the reasserters, who really do not want to be a part of us anyway. True EPISCOPALIANS need to stand up and say "this is our church, we don't have to compromise and we won't stop respecting the dignity of EVERY human being."

    Bishops,
    Please do not abandon the faithful. The reasserters have already decided to leave. Let them leave graciously, and do not try to sever the rest of the body for their sake.

    Jeff Allison, Birmingham, AL

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