The Anglican Communion Network bishops REALLY hate rigged poker games:
Released by The Diocese of Fort Worth on November 27, 2006:
The Rt. Rev. Robert Duncan, Bishop of Pittsburgh, and the Rt. Rev. Jack Leo Iker, Bishop of Fort Worth, have declined an invitation from the Rt. Rev. Peter Lee, Bishop of Virginia, to attend a second Summit Meeting of bishops requesting Alternate Primatial Oversight with the Presiding Bishop and two co-conveners, Bishop Lee and the Rt. Rev. John Lipscomb, Bishop of Southwest Florida. In fact, none of the bishops of those dioceses that have requested APO will be attending. The proposed meeting was scheduled to begin today. The first Summit, convened at the request of the Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, was held in September at the offices of the Church Pension Group in New York City. Bishop Iker enumerated the reasons for the decision in a reply he sent to Bishop Lee on Tuesday, Nov. 21, on behalf of Bishop Duncan and himself.
The full text of the reply is as follows:
I am responding to your e-mail from yesterday on behalf of Bob Duncan and myself regarding the proposed meeting for November 27th. He and I have agreed that the following points must be made at this time:
What's the point of attending this meeting if the central issue isn't going to be discussed?
Our position has been the same since the last day of our New York meeting back in September. We will not attend another meeting to continue the conversation unless there is a specific proposal on the table to provide APO. Apparently this is not the case for next Monday. You speak of a skeleton, but nothing has been shared with either of us. We assume the other side has seen your proposal.
We made a proposal last July. It would have been nice if someone had known about it at the September meeting.
We made a specific proposal to the Archbishop of Canterbury back in July, and we shared this document with you and John Lipscomb as the conveners of the September meeting. You did not share it with all of the other participants at that time, and it was never discussed.
Since TEC has already made up its mind, we see no point to this meeting.
We note that David Booth Beers has been quoted in the press as telling the meeting of The Episcopal Majority several days ago that Alternative Primatial Oversight is not going to be provided. The Presiding Bishops office has not denied his claim, and we have concluded that she agrees with Davids assertion.
It's not like we'd have nearly enough time or participants to do what needs to be done.
We agree that mediation is required at this time to move toward a negotiated settlement. The time frame you propose for the 27th is insufficient for significant progress to be made in this regard, and we would need additional parties in attendance in order to participate in such negotiations.
And the fact that TEC's been threatening us recently doesn't exactly inspire our confidence.
We believe the situation has deteriorated significantly in recent weeks with threats of lawsuits against bishops appealing for APO and of declaring vacant sees. We note that we are now tagged as problem dioceses and that we will continue to be monitored by the property task force headed by Bishop Sauls.
One more thing, Peter. Didn't the Windsor Report decide that diocesan boundary crossings were supposed to be bad things?
We also note that this task force is going to cultivate relationships with persons in our dioceses who oppose the position taken by our diocesan conventions. Such posturing is meant to intimidate us and does not promote dialogue and conversation about the matters before us. I have been advised that legal counsel should accompany me to any future meetings with representatives from 815 or the General Convention.
But good luck anyway.
Should you elect to proceed with your meeting on Monday, please know that you will be in our prayers and that Bob and I wish you good success.
Sincerely, +Jack L. Iker
It's good to see this kind of realism finally emerging among the Network bishops. They realize that TEC's mind is made up so continued "dialogue" would be a waste of their time. One gets the impression that the Dar es Salaam Primates meeting may be confronted with an American fact on the ground next February and that the Current Unpleasantness may begin to resolve itself sooner rather than later.