No doubt there was a lot going on at the Pittsburgh meeting of the Common Cause Partnership Council of Bishops. Chairs had to be gotten out, pencils and paper put out, microphones tested, papers pushed, hospitality shown, flights booked, arrangements made, etc. Still, you would think that the Anglican Communin Network could tell us which bishops from which groups were there.
Way back at the beginning of September, Bishop Iker opined there would be 60 or so bishops there. On September 7th I did a count and got 52. On September 25th ACN said 51.
On September 28, ACN posted an incomplete list of 44 bishops and bishops elect.
A photograph of the bishops gathered looks like 37 were there for the picture, but some folk may have had to leave.
So, we know it isn't 60, and we think it isn't 52 or 51. 44 is the count the ANC gave. Surely it was more than 37.
How hard is it to count? Was roll called? Did the group have a secretary?
None of this matters, of course, save that when the roll is called up yonder, they will either be there, claiming the best rooms because they are the most orthodox. If things go wrong, and the internal fracturing of the partners on the right is not healed over and it looks as if the whole thing is coming apart, some will want to disavow any ownership of the plan to usurp The Episcopal Church, and at roll call they will want it clear that they were not "one of those people."