But it would appear that The Living Church had to have Bishop Iker tell them. So TLC posted an article to that effect HERE.
TLC seems not to bear the idea that Bishop Iker is not the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, but rather of an entity of that name related to the Province of the Southern Cone. The episcopal office in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth (part of TEC) is vacant.
TLC quotes Bishop Iker as follows:
“Anglo-Catholics, while grateful for this attitude, have called for a thorough theological and biblical study of the issue of the ordination of women as a top priority in the new province,” Bishop Iker said. “It must give due consideration to the reality that the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church, which together comprise over 80 percent of the world’s Christians, have already spoken on this issue and that unilateral actions on our part have already seriously damaged ecumenical relations for the future. Are we willing to submit to the mind of the whole church? Are we really committed to abiding by common consent as determined by general councils?”
I am curious just how Bishop Iker who feels we need to take seriously the Roman Catholics and Orthodox on the ordination of bishops feels about married bishops. And, just for fun, it would be of some interest to see just how he believes ACNA common consent is served by some internal jurisdictions to ACNA ordaining women as priests and others not.
But none of this is news to those who read the proposed constitution of the ACNA, which should it become a province would not be a third province of North America (as some would say) but rather the province of something other than the Anglican Communion related to the See of Canterbury, or the replacement province in the AC, replacing The Episcopal Church and The Anglican Church of Canada.
The weaseling effort of the Common Cause Partners and the emerging ACNA entity to introduce a "third province" is a sham. ACNA and the two whose jurisdiction it would completely overlap - namely TEC and ACoC- are incompatible primarily because the Jerusalem Declaration (which ACNA signs) rejects those churches and leadership that have denied orthodox faith, and mean TEC and ACoC. There is no "Third Province" contemplated, rather there is the attempt to usurp the place of these two churches with a new improved version.