Lionel Deimel has a new proposition on his Web Log titled Two New Moratoria."
He suggests that,
"Given our current relation to the Anglican Communion, a proper application of PAP (Principle of Anglican Progress) would require that The Episcopal Church declare a moratorium on funding the Anglican Communion until such time as the mind of the Communion is settled on how it is going to treat The Episcopal Church and the “innovations” it sees our church as having instituted. Financing the subversion of our church is but another Episcopal Church innovation.
Moreover, since The Episcopal Church has essentially been on trial in Communion councils since 2003, it hardly seems fair that we should participate in the decision of what the Communion should do with The Episcopal Church. Therefore, I suggest a second moratorium on participation in Anglican Communion councils until the mind of the Communion becomes clear. Like the matter of same-sex blessings, I’m sure the mind of the Communion will become clear in a century or so. Meanwhile, we can mend the net and keep peace in this great Communion that has been given us as a gift by God."
These moratoria would be in addition to the famous three: Moratoria on same sex blessings, on ordinations of persons whose manner of life was not approved of by all and sundry, and on cross-border violations (you know, like CANA, AMiA, etc). There is a fourth moratorium not recognized, it appears, by the ACC but hoped for by the Windsor Continuation Group, against litigation. (The Living Church has written this one up HERE.)
Well, it becomes clearer and clearer that moratoria turn out to be a way of throwing anathema bombs at one another. Still, I kind of like Lionel's suggestions: don't pay, don't go. Let it mellow.
Then over on REAL ANGLICANS there is the Draft: Episcopal Bill of Rights which proposes that "Resolved, the House of _____________ concurring, that this 76th General Convention of the Episcopal Church make a commitment to revoke, rescind and reject Resolution B033 ; and be it further
Resolved, that the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies fully, completely and sincerely apologize to all those who have been marginalized by the Episcopal Church including but not limited to LGBT persons, those who are handicapped, and those whose culture and person have been ignored and ridiculed; and be it further
Resolved, that in accordance with the two great commandments the Episcopal Church does hereby recognize, support and defend every person's right to fully and completely participate in every aspect of the Episcopal Church both liturgically and politically; and be it further
Resolved, that this proposed Episcopalian Bill of Rights be commended to the various dioceses of this church for study and comment during the coming triennium; and be it further
Resolved, that the Presiding Bishop and the President of the House of Deputies appoint a Special Task Force to determine what constitutional and/or canonical measures may be necessary in order to make a permanent commitment to the Episcopalian Bill of Rights; and be it further
Resolved, that this Special Task Force prepare a report to the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church that includes draft legislation that could be considered for the convention to institutionalize this Episcopal Bill of Rights."
This is a rowser... of course there will be need to work on the core of the resolution which is, "every person's right to fully and completely participate in every aspect of the Episcopal Church both liturgically and politically." My sense is Fred means "every baptized member of this church's right to full and complete inclusion in every aspect of the Episcopal Church's sacramental and ecclesial life." Not wanting to put words in his mouth, but the issue is not that everyone has the right to be ordained, married, etc, but that everyone has a right to claim sacramental vocation and to be included in the discernment of such vocation.
What I like about this "Bill of Rights" is its parallel to the slogan of Integrity, "All the Sacraments for all the Baptized." It also relates to something I made a plea for in regard to the Anglican Covenant, namely that the ACC add a "rider" that spelled out just what was meant by "Church" in the Covenant and limited the incursion and judgment by a body (the Joint Standing Committee of Primates and ACC) which has no authority beyond the Primates and ACC, which authority is limited by the description of each "instrument" given in the Covenant.
How might the resolution be perfected before it would go to General Convention?