The Guardian's Hugh Muir wrote in Guardian Diary
"If the US Episcopal Church – still part of the worldwide Anglican communion despite having the temerity to elect gay bishops – feels nervous about the warmth of its welcome from the mothership that is the Church of England, perhaps there are reasons. Katharine Jefferts Schori, the presiding bishop of the US church and the first woman ever to lead an Anglican province, preached at Southwark Cathedral last weekend despite muted hisses of disapproval by conservative evangelicals. But close observers would have seen there was something missing: no mitre on her head. Who could be responsible? Step forward, Rowan Williams, Archbish of Canterbury, birthday boy (60 yesterday), who couldn't stop her preaching but said she could not wear the symbol of her office, or carry a bishop's crosier. Something to do with women bishops not yet being allowed in the C of E. A bit petty, some say, as Jefferts Schori is indeed a bishop and head of her national church – but in any event, she carried the mitre. And the subject for her sermon: God welcomes everyone, regardless of dress or condition."
Apparently we are in a state of impaired communion with the CofE, given that they do not recognize our women bishops as bishops. This will of course come as something of a shock to the European Luterans who have women bishops and gay bishops in committed relationships, but never mind. They are not bound hip and thigh to the CofE. Come to think of it, neither are we.
If this is true I wonder just what happened to hospitality. This is really over the top. And of course the wonderfully over the top Mad Priest is the one to find it and bring Muir's note to the rest of us poor souls who don't keep up with the Guardian. Thanks to MP.
Perhaps it will be a new trend... don't wear those strange hats at all, but carry them, perhaps with a cord attached to the band, making them a kind of burse or purse in which monies for the poor could be carried. Perhaps something good can come out of all this. Those damn hats look good on almost no one.