As reported by Stand Firm and Ruth Gledhill , the text of the Standing Committee and Bishop of Fort Worth is now available. In some ways it is simply a continuation of former requests or demands, but this time the options are spelled out:
"While we remain open to the possibility of negotiation and some form of acceptable settlement with TEC, it appears that our only option is to seek APO elsewhere. This may entail a cooperative effort with other appellant dioceses in consultation with primates of the Anglican Communion, to form a new Anglican Province of the Communion in North America. A second possibility would be for the diocese to transfer to another existing Province of the Anglican Communion. A third possibility would be to seek the status of an extra-provincial diocese, under the authority of the Archbishop of Canterbury, as presently recognized in several other cases."
Of the three, the first - APO with others to form a new Anglican Province in North America in consultation with the Primates as a whole - isn't going anywhere. The twenty of the Global South is becoming smaller, and the Primates are beginning to be questioned as to their authority period. Should something like this go through it will be with only some of the Global South Primates. That means with Akinola as chair. The second is possible through several Provinces, but all hell will break loose then in various councils of the Communion and the Archbishop of Canterbury can chash it in. The third is simply a throwaway. Extra-provincial to Canterbury has (I believe) always been a matter of history (Portugal, Spain, etc) or agreement (Cuba). This would raise the specter of dioceses simply opting out of the Provincial environment all together. Also, if Fort Worth can't stand The Episcopal Church, with it's ordination of women, gay persons, etc, what makes them think The Church of England will be much better?
No, it looks to me as if this is Fort Worth's declaration that they are off to the Other Anglican Communion - you know - the one where there are no women bishops or primates, no gay clergy or bishops, and not too many who will not buy into the New Anglican Catechism. I don't know where they plan to find that communion.
This declaration is presented as the front end of an exploration. Fort Worth said, "we remain open to the possibility of negotiation and some form of acceptable settlement with TEC.
However, they also stated "We do not wish to be affiliated with her, nor with anyone she may appoint or designate to act on her behalf." That sinks negotiation doesn't it?
They are off and running.