Well, depending on who is counting the list of non compliant bishops grows larger and larger. Today in Kenya there were a number of bishops taking part in the ordinations of two new bishops whose specific charge was to care for congregations in the United States without permission of bishops of jurisdiction in The Episcopal Church.
This is not a Windsor compliant web site and so I welcome these worthies into the company of the faithful - that is people who see the Windsor Report as a document not an defining statement of Anglican discipline. I have argued that we must not make the WR an idol. I think the document raises many issues that deserve our attention, but I do not believe it is the answer or even the process that needs to be followed. It appears that these two bishops believe that as well. Just so you know who these Episcopal Church bishops are:
They are Bishop Duncan, moderator of the Anglican Communion Network and Moderator of the Common Cause Partners, and
Bishop Jack Iker, Bishop of Fort Worth, member of the Anglican Communion Network.
They are members of TEC House of Bishops. They took part in an ordination the purpose of which was contrary to the intent of the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church. Other bishops and archbishop present were also non compliant to Windsor, but these two are non compliant within the context of the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church.
As to the other Primates and bishops present they too are now not Windsor compliant: Present at the ordinations were at least the primates of Central Africa, West Africa, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, West Indies, Southern Cone, and Indian Ocean. An archbishop from Nigeria represented Archbishop Akinola. I have no notion if they have disavowed the constitution and canons of their own Provinces.
It is necessary to point out the presence of Archbishop Drexel Gomez, who was preacher at the ordination. As the chair of the Covenant Design Group he has played a major part in the work of the Communion. By his participation in this ordination he has made his stand, a stand that is incompatible with the very document that produced the recommendations concerning a covenant. He has made his choice. It is time for him to step down as Chair of the CDG.
But here is the thing: These two Episcopal Church bishops are sworn to uphold the doctrine, discipline and worship of The Episcopal Church. The clear intent of the Constitution and Canons is that no bishop is to exercise ministry in another diocese than their own, except by permission. Complicity in circumventing this understanding by ordaining a US citizen to do precisely that, as a bishop in another province commissioned to ministry here, is in violation of the Constitution and Canons of this Church. At least that is how I read it.
I am pleased to see that these worthies are not in compliance with the Windsor Report recommendations. It is no longer necessary to drag out that document as a litmus test. The realignment and dissenter crowd doesn't hold to it and we no longer have to defend our efforts to at least address the requests in it. The dissenter crowd is with impunity ignoring its clear request to end incursions into other Provinces.
The presence and participation by Bishops Iker and Duncan in the ordinations of Bishops Atwood and Murdoch signals not a miracle at CANA, but a disaster in Kenya. They are now in non compliance with Windsor and with the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church. The problem is, who will bring the matter up? At a time when the Moderator is given to talking about the cross to come and bishops are being invited to "play the Man" who wants to point out the obvious?
The skunk is on the table. Who will step forward to deal with it?