Skip to comments.Milquetoasts [ECUSA bishops]
Posted on 03/31/2006 7:29:03 PM PST by sionnsar
I don't know about you but I'm not particularly encouraged by this:
Episcopal bishops in the United States, if voting secretly now, would turn away from two critical votes in 2003 which championed a pro-homosexual agenda, according to a survey by Lay Episcopalians for the Anglican Communion (LEAC). The convention votes divided their church and caused the worldwide Anglican Communion to put about 2 million Americans in limbo.
In a third question, bishops split about evenly on whether they would leave the American church or stay with the communion if the Americans remained outside of the international communion.
The Washington-based organization of traditionalists said 27% of about 300 bishops responded to the study.
LEAC announced that 57.5% of respondents would oppose, in secret ballot, provisions for church blessing of same-sex partnerships, and 56.25% would oppose consecration of Bishop V. Gene Robinson, who was promoted despite having left his wife and family for his present homosexual lover. Those votes, in a confidential and secret blind-research environment, reversed tallies in open voting at the 2003 General Convention.
This is why.
LEAC said it undertook the research after learning that some bishops who voted for the gay-backed resolutions had declared privately that they regretted their votes, tallying outcome and worldwide reaction.
In other words, certain bishops didn't gradually come to the personal conviction that consecrating a practicing homosexual bishop was, well, wrong. Robbie shouldn't have gotten a pointy hat because of all the trouble it caused. Of course, this doesn't say anything about most Episcopal bishops that most people don't already know.
WASHINGTON, DC (3/29/2006): LEACs blind, confidential survey of the U.S. House of Bishops found that 56.25% of respondents now would disapprove of the 2003 General Convention resolution which led to consecration of Bishop V. Gene Robinson, and 57.5% would oppose provisions for church blessing of same-sex domestic partnerships, another of the conventions historic resolutions. The study reversed the 2003 results but of course has no standing.
A satisfactory sample of 27% of the nations active and retired bishops participated. Response was likely suppressed during the data collection period by a special, unfavorable letter to bishops from Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold. The derogatory letter said the sponsor of the research was anonymous, although the covering letter explaining the study and questionnaire was on LEACs letterhead, with name and address. Griswolds erroneous words and unfavorable tone apparently caused reduced responses.
LEAC employed the three-question opinion research to gain realistic insight into todays House of Bishops thinking. It studied key elements of possibilities for reconciliation versus the continuing revisionism and schism fostered by many of ECUSAs leadership bishops. The widest possible participation by the most senior and experienced tier of Episcopal clergy was desired and now will be sought by more personal contact.
LEACs Research Committee would be pleased to have comments from any bishop.
Survey respondents split almost evenly on the third question, assessing relative loyalty to ECUSA and the Anglican Communion, with 46.25 % desiring to stay with ECUSA regardless of whether it remains in the Anglican Communion. Solidarity with the Anglican Communion would come first in such a showdown for 45% and 8.75% chose not to answer that question. This division could be a serious ECUSA political concern for the presiding bishop as he leads his church into a critical period through mid-Junes General Convention and beyond.
I don't think he's referring to them...
I did try but ....
the headline fits them so well.
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