Lionel Deimel and Jim Simons of Pittsburgh have some wonderfully sane things to say in an insane time in Pittsburgh. Lionel wrote The Anglican Neighborhood of Make-Believe. There he outlines the "Through the Looking Glass" world of Anglicanism in Pittsburgh as understood by the deposed bishop of Pittsburgh and those who with him have realigned.
Jim Simons runs a remarkably sane and caring site, "Three Rivers Episcopal" that addresses matters of continuing life in the Episcopal Church and a whole host of other matters pastoral and social. It is indicative of Jim's pastoral stance in the midst of the craziness swirling around in Pittsburgh. Take a look.
And then we have the strange less sane comments of the Rev. Peter Frank, a spokesperson for the realignment group in Pittsburgh. In The National Post he is reported to have said, "that any opposition from Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, will be moot because the spiritual head of Anglicanism has lost his moral authority.
"Frankly, [he] is not in a position to do anything. At this point, the leaders of a majority of the world's Anglicans are going to recognize us when we [separate]."
But he added it would make it more difficult if Mr. Williams did not give his blessing."
I believe The Rev. Peter Frank will discover that the moral authority of the Archbishop of Canterbury, battered as it may be, is relatively intact. Also, it is not Mr. Williams. It is Archbishop Williams.
It is much too early to dismiss the Primates Meeting, Lambeth Conference and the Anglican Consultative Council, all of which are chaired by the Archbishop of Canterbury, as having given up on him. The possibility of the Archbishop giving his blessing to this new improved GAFCON province is a long shot indeed, and if he did I would then question his moral authority.