The Anglican Curmudgeon has written a snarly article in which he accuses me of being more or less anti-everything good about being Anglican or Episcopalian. Anti-Anglicanism Is Anti-Episcopalianism, or, Liberal Logic Strikes Out Again! churns away at the task of proving everything I said in a recent post, "Things I wish we could get right:" Baby Blue though AC's post "stellar" and mine a "fascinating rant." She went on at great length to show that this is all some sort of smoke and mirrors sort of thing. The Anglican Curmudgeon couldn't help himself, he had to add a PS to his post thanking "BabyBlue's for a brilliant visual rendition of the point of this post."
I suggested in that post, and in more elaborate words that:
(i) the member churches of the Anglican Communion are more properly to be understood as "member churches" not Provinces.
(ii) that the meetings of the bishops between General Conventions are more properly to be understood as bishops meetings and not the House of Bishops, acting officially only on matters for which they are empowered by Constitution and Canons, but otherwise meeting for mutual support, etc, not as a "House of Bishops" but rather just as bishops.
(iii) resolutions or other decisions made by instruments of the Anglican Communion have no formal standing in member churches until those churches ratify the decisions made.
(iv) The Anglican Communion is not a world wide church and making it one would be a bad idea.
It may interest AC to know that I am fully aware that the bishops and even the canons refer to those interim meetings as of "The House of Bishops." I am suggesting that is the wrong language to use. I would be all for changing the canons to reflect what those canons actually allow the bishops to do on their own at those meetings.
So...are the Anglican Curmudgeon and Baby Blue right? Or are they just messing about?
And what makes them think they are anything but sloppy in labeling me as "anti-Anglican" and "anti-Episcopalian." No, perhaps they are not sloppy. Perhaps they are just flat out wrong. Perhaps no one gives a damn, but I kind of think of myself as very pro-Anglican and pro-Episcopalian. After all, I am both.