It turned out there were eight of them: bullets from the HoB supposedly acceptable to the JSC, the ABC and all points at sea. They are in the document presented to the HoB TUesday Afternoon and
This is from an fax version posted by Stand Firm.
" • We reconfirm that resolution B033 of General Convention 2006 (The Election Of Bishops) calls upon bishops with jurisdiction and Standing Committees "to exercise restraint by not consenting to the consecration of any candidate to the episcopate whose manner of life presents a challenge to the wider church and will lead to further strains on communion."
• We pledge as a body not to authorize public rites for the blessing of same-sex unions.
• We commend our Presiding Bishop's plan for episcopal visitors.
• We deplore incursions into our jurisdictions by uninvited bishops and call for them to end.
• We support the Presiding Bishop in seeking communion-wide consultation in a manner that is in accord with our Constitution and Canons.
• We call for increasing implementation of the listening process across the Communion and for a report on its progress to Lambeth 2008.
• We support the Archbishop of Canterbury in his expressed desire to explore ways for the Bishop of New Hampshire to participate in the Lambeth Conference.
• We call for unequivocal and active commitment to the civil rights, safety, and dignity of gay and lesbian persons."
One bullet in particular spells trouble.
In the "discussion" section of the report the Bishops say this:
Beginning at line 74:
"The House of Bishops concurs with Resolution ECO 11 of the Executive Council. This Resolution commends the Report of the Communion Sub-Group of the Joint Standing Committee of the Anglican Consultative Council and the Primates of the Anglican Communion as an accurate evaluation of Resolution B033 of the 2006 General Convention, calling upon bishops with jurisdiction and Standing Committees "to exercise restraint by not consenting to the consecration of any candidate to the episcopate whose manner of life presents a challenge to the wider church and will lead to further strains on communion. The House acknowledges that non-celibate gay and lesbian persons are included among those to whom B033 pertains."
So now the matter lies here: The bishops acknowledge B033 to be about gay and lesbian persons, among others but we all knew that. It does not say one way or another if bishops are going to heed the call to "exercise restraint."
Many of us are called on to do many things, but a call is not an obligation, at least for the bishops in this case, for the right to consent or not cannot be taken away by fiat. There may be great coercion in a call to do or not do something, but that is quite different from that pressure having the force of law.
So those who believe the bishops will actually heed the call will find comfort in this, I suppose. Those who believe bishops will continue to exercise their vote as circumstances require will take less comfort.