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Posted on 11/17/2006 4:06:49 PM PST by sionnsar
TEC's Executive Council met today. And if you think the Episcopal split is going to be anything other than ugly, Lexington
capo di tutti capi Bishop Stacy Sauls has a National Cathedral that he can let you have for a song:
Lexington Bishop Stacy Sauls gave the council a written report about the work of the House of Bishops Task Force on Property Disputes, whose work began at the September 2005 House of Bishops meeting and was sanctioned by the council earlier this year.
Sauls written report says that the task force has:
developed a "brief bank" of various court filings and research memoranda that are available to aid dioceses with litigation, and has identified potential expert witnesses;
evaluated "options that might be available through processes of mediation, reconciliation and settlement;"
introduced General Convention Resolution B032 stating that none of the Windsor Report-related responses contemplated or established by various dioceses "is intended to affect either the historic separate and independent status of the churches of the Anglican Communion or the legal identity of The Episcopal Church." The report says that the resolution was proposed because it appeared that part of the Windsor Report-response strategy of some dioceses was to "force the Archbishop of Canterbury to sanction such activity and to provide a safe haven for those wishing to pursue that course of action;"
decided to monitor the efforts of what the report called "problem dioceses," including Pittsburgh, Quincy, Springfield, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Diego, San Joaquin and Rio Grande; and
briefed Jefferts Schori on its work and recommendations.
The task forces report said it will continue:
maintaining contact within "problem" dioceses with people who wish to "remain loyal to the Episcopal Church;"
working on a position paper "setting forth possible common grounds which could be sought so that the split in the Episcopal Church which is feared by the task force might be avoided;"
preparing filings to be used "in certain very limited situations" to institute presentments or lawsuits against any "entity which has affirmatively undertaken conduct to separate from the Episcopal Church," eventualities that the task force "hopes and prays" do not come to pass; and
continuing to support litigation that supports the Episcopal Church.
Nothing about any of that suggests that TEC will take it very well if Bob Duncan gets an invitation to Dar es Salaam while Kate Schori does not. In all likelihood, this thing is going to be a bloodbath regardless of what the Global South primates do or force Dr. Williams to do.
I think impreccatory prayer would be a good recourse for orthodox-minded Anglicans.
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