This from a story by George Conger, first published in the Church of England newspaper. (Note the material highlighted in red.)
"The Archbishop’s Pentecost letter is the public half of a campaign to rein in the Episcopal Church, The Church of England Newspaper has learned, and follows a private letter delivered to Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori asking her to consider withdrawing from active participation on the Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion.
A letter from the Archbishop is believed to have been given to Bishop Jefferts Schori at the April 17 consecration of the Bishop of Connecticut, Dr Ian Douglas. Neva Rae Fox, a spokesman for the Presiding Bishop said she could not comment as she was not present at the Connecticut consecration. Dr Williams’ office would neither confirm nor deny the story, citing its policy of not commenting on the Archbishop’s private correspondence."
If indeed there was such a letter it was entirely out of line.
If there was such a letter it appears that the Presiding Bishop did not in any event "consider withdrawing from active participation on the Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion."
If indeed this letter was delivered to the Presiding Bishop at Bishop Douglas' ordination in Connecticut it was no doubt delivered by Canon Kenneth Kearon who was present and spoke at a dinner in Bishop Douglas' honor the night before, attended but did not vest or process in the ordination service.
The Archbishop's "Pentecost Letter" (28 May) and Kearon's letter to Anglican participants (7 June) both came out much later then the letter supposedly given at Douglas' ordination (17 April).
If that letter indeed was written and delivered it means that the Archbishop of Canterbury first attempted to get the Presiding Bishop to step down from her place on the Standing Committee, and failing that turned to lesser stars who could more easily be swept out of office. It also points to the level of despiration that led to Kearon's dismissals of US participants in ecumenical dialogues.
If such a letter existed, and the suggestion was not taken by the PB, then what follows was determined to be the second best option. But of course it was not the second best option at all, it was and is a disaster. The people serving on those ecumenical dialogues were not chosen because they represented The Episcopal Church. They were not representatives. Bishop Katharine is and was.
Perhaps, as sometimes happens, Conger's story is conjecture.
But if there was such a letter it is a smoking gun. It shows that all the posturing of the Archbishop's Pentecost Letter and the Kearon dismissal letter are not a stepping up to the plate of needed discipline, are not a matter of consequences, but a step down from what might of been but wasn't.