Still More from the Bishop of Alabama on General Convention 2009

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2 comments on “Still More from the Bishop of Alabama on General Convention 2009

  1. Archer_of_the_Forest says:

    [blockquote]The resolve commits us to “collect and develop
    theological and liturgical resources” and report to the next convention. No authorization was given for liturgies for same gender blessings[/blockquote]

    Well, with all due respect, the wording of the Resolution is thus:

    [blockquote]Resolved, That the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, in consulation with the House of Bishops, collect and develop theological, and liturgical resources[/blockquote]

    I said this before on a previous post by another bishop who made this absurd comment, but it bears repeating:

    Call me crazy, but does not the Standing Commission on Liturgy, you know, create liturgies? What exactly would a “liturgical resource” be other than a liturgy? I do not see how on earth the wording of that resolution could be interpreted any other way.

  2. Restless Heart says:

    Bishop Parsley’s contention that there’s “nuance” in either D025 or C056 is a desperate spin. The collection and development of theological and liturgical resources simply means that liturgies will continue to be written and celebrated in various places and at some point delivered to the SCLM for endorsement to TEC as a whole. And the “generous pastoral care” commended in states where same-sex marriage has been recognized likely means that many bishops and priests will simply cave to the culture. Sure, there will be some who will define “generous pastoral response” as telling the truth in love — that the Church upholds marriage between a man and woman as the appropriate context for sexual expression — but how long will they be allowed to respond thusly under the increasingly heavy hand of an exclusive, progressive, self-proclaimed hierarchical, and litigious organizational structure?