The ACI / McCall document states that The Episcopal Church is not hierarchical, at some length.
The Canons of TEC say this (Title 4.14.1)
"CANON 14: Of General Provisions Applicable to This Title
Sec. 1. Ecclesiastical Nature. Disciplinary proceedings under this Title
are neither civil nor criminal, but ecclesiastical in nature and represent
determinations by this Church of who shall serve as Members of the
Clergy of this Church and further represent the polity and order of this
hierarchical Church. Clergy who have voluntarily sought and accepted
ordination in this Church have given their express consent and
subjected themselves to the discipline of this Church and may not
claim in proceedings under this Title constitutional guarantees
afforded to citizens in other contexts."
It would appear that the highly valued canons include a specific reference to this as a hierarchical church.
And anyway Tobias Haller has written a paper stating that TEC is hierarchical, but that perhaps hierarchical churches are not all alike. Read his important paper HERE.
Some may remember Joan Gunderson's paper on the same matter. Read it and about it HERE.
Ruth Gledhill has written a fine piece on the whole matter. (Thanks Ruth).
The Anglican Communion Institute is upset about the emails being brought to Anglican blogland's attention here. ACI might note that at no point did I reference particular persons as writers of the specific sections I quoted, and I made use of them only to indicate that there were plans afoot to publish the paper, that it was written not by the bishops but by McCall and ACI, with some tweaking done by some of the bishops, and that there were plans on the ground to put in place a precursor to some sort of pastoral visitor scheme. I did not indicate where I got the material.
Susan Russell has indicated where she got her copy, HERE. I received a copy by another route. She has done a superb job connecting the material to the issues.
So there it is: The statement is out. It has already been countered by others. It is the same-old same old. It does not mention anything about the acknowledgement in the canons that this is a hierarchical church. Susan has provided the reason for bringing the emails forward.
The stalls have been cleaned out for a time.
Time to move on.