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The [Communique] Schedule
Captain Yips Secret Journal ^ | 2/19/2007 | Jack White

Posted on 02/19/2007 6:22:09 PM PST by sionnsar

Main Entry: pri'mate
Etymology: Middle English primat, from Old French, from Medieval Latin primat-, primas archbishop, from Latin, leader, from primus
Date: 13th century
1 often capitalized : a bishop who has precedence in a province, group of provinces, or a nation
2 archaic : one first in authority or rank : LEADER

3 [New Latin Primates, from Latin, plural of primat-, primas] : any of an order (Primates) of mammals comprising humans, apes, monkeys, and related forms (as lemurs and tarsiers)
-pri'mate-ship \-*ship\ noun
--pri-ma'tial \pr*-*m*-sh*l\ adjective

Below the jump, from ACNS now.  Key items:

A pastoral council of 5, two nominated by the Primates, two by ++Jefferts Schori, and a Primate nominated by ++Williams in the chair.  The Primates have the balance of power.  It looks like the Pastoral Council is to serve as an intermediary between TEC and its reaffirming members, as well as (maybe) moderating between parishes under overseas bishops and the Communion.  Hard to tell.  A key item in the Pastoral Council's remit is "onsider whether any of the courses of action contemplated by the Windsor Report §157 should be applied to the life of The Episcopal Church or its bishops, and, if appropriate, to recommend such action to The Episcopal Church and its institutions and to the Instruments of Communion;"  Paragraph 157 of the Windsor Report reads

There remains a very real danger that we will not choose to walk together. Should the call to halt and find ways of continuing in our present communion not be heeded, then we shall have to begin to learn to walk apart. We would much rather not speculate on actions that might need to be taken if, after acceptance by the primates, our recommendations are not implemented. However, we note that there are, in any human dispute, courses that may be followed: processes of mediation and arbitration; non-invitation to relevant representative bodies and meetings; invitation, but to observer status only; and, as an absolute last resort, withdrawal from membership. We earnestly hope that none of these will prove necessary. Our aim throughout has been to work not for division but for healing and restoration. The real challenge of the gospel is whether we live deeply enough in the love of Christ, and care sufficiently for our joint work to bring that love to the world, that we will “make every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph. 4.3). As the primates stated in 2000, “to turn from one another would be to turn away from the Cross”, and indeed from serving the world which God loves and for which Jesus Christ died.

So the Council will be keeping its eyes on TEC, so that if, say, the Diocese of Chicago elects a homosexual bishop, and that bishop elect receives sufficient consents, Something May Happen.  Like being on probation.

They also sort of adopt ++Jefferts Schori's "Primatial Vicar" scheme, with the addition that the Vicar's powers will be delegated by the PB "in consultation with the Pastoral Council."

They ask for assurance that B033 means what Windsor wanted it to mean and not something else, and to be assured that no bishop will authorize same sex blessings however cloaked.  This puts the bishops who immediately recused themselves from B033 behind the 8 ball.

They want a cease fire on litigation.

I need to think about this overnight, but I suspect that by and large this is very good.  Border crossings do not cease, but may continue under the supervision of the Council - I wonder if Bp. Lyons will be one of the Primates nominees?  They accept the Primatial Vicar, but the Vicar will be partly the creature of the Council, not just the PB.  They recommit firmly to Lambeth 1.10.  They commit to the Anglican Covenant process.  If you read this from the eyes of a reappraiser, it's not very pleasant.

Do reasserters get everything they want?  No.  But what does TEC get?  Are border crossings ended?  No.  Did they get wiggle room on "manner of life" or SSBs?  No.  And by accepting as an apology GC2006's duplicitous resolutions, the Primates have locked TEC into a, er, small box of interpretation.

Everything depends on the execution of the plan, now, on who are the primatial nominees and the Primate in the chair.  This will be interesting.  Some TEC bishops are passionately committed to SSBs; if the Council doesn't let them weasel out of it, it'll be a donnybrook.  All those recusers - +Chane, +Persell, and the others -  have some thinking to do. 

It's been along day, and I'm sure I'll have more tomorrow if anyone wants to know.  I'll print the Communique off and read it later.  And goodnight from Captain Yips Piskie News Service.

PS:  Critics of the Schedule, please look at Brad Drell's comment here. This comes, one assumes, from +MacPherson.  Now it's all a matter of the action.

The Key Recommendations of the Primates


The Primates recognise the urgency of the current situation and therefore emphasise the need to:

In order to address these foundations and apply them in the difficult situation which arises at present in The Episcopal Church, we recommend the following actions. The scheme proposed and the undertakings requested are intended to have force until the conclusion of the Covenant Process and a definitive statement of the position of The Episcopal Church with respect to the Covenant and its place within the life of the Communion, when some new provision may be required.

A Pastoral Council

A Pastoral Scheme

On this basis, the Primates recommend that structures for pastoral care be established in conjunction with the Pastoral Council, to enable such individuals, congregations and clergy to exercise their ministries and congregational life within The Episcopal Church, and that

Once this scheme of pastoral care is recognised to be fully operational, the Primates undertake to end all interventions. Congregations or parishes in current arrangements will negotiate their place within the structures of pastoral oversight set out above.

We believe that such a scheme is robust enough to function and provide sufficient space for those who are unable to accept the direct ministry of their bishop or the Presiding Bishop to have a secure place within The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion until such time as the Covenant Process is complete. At that time, other provisions may become necessary.

Although there are particular difficulties associated with AMiA and CANA, the Pastoral Council should negotiate with them and the Primates currently ministering to them to find a place for them within these provisions. We believe that with goodwill this may be possible.

On Clarifying the Response to Windsor

The Primates recognise the seriousness with which The Episcopal Church addressed the requests of the Windsor Report put to it by the Primates at their Dromantine Meeting. They value and accept the apology and the request for forgiveness made [4]. While they appreciate the actions of the 75th General Convention which offer some affirmation of the Windsor Report and its recommendations, they deeply regret a lack of clarity about certain of those responses.

In particular, the Primates request, through the Presiding Bishop, that the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church
1. make an unequivocal common covenant that the bishops will not authorise any Rite of Blessing for same-sex unions in their dioceses or through General Convention (cf TWR, §143, 144); and
2. confirm that the passing of Resolution B033 of the 75th General Convention means that a candidate for episcopal orders living in a same-sex union shall not receive the necessary consent (cf TWR, §134);
unless some new consensus on these matters emerges across the Communion (cf TWR, §134).

The Primates request that the answer of the House of Bishops is conveyed to the Primates by the Presiding Bishop by 30th September 2007.

If the reassurances requested of the House of Bishops cannot in good conscience be given, the relationship between The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion as a whole remains damaged at best, and this has consequences for the full participation of the Church in the life of the Communion.

On property disputes

The Primates urge the representatives of The Episcopal Church and of those congregations in property disputes with it to suspend all actions in law arising in this situation. We also urge both parties to give assurances that no steps will be taken to alienate property from The Episcopal Church without its consent or to deny the use of that property to those congregations.

Appendix One

“The Camp Allen Principles”

The commitments expressed in the letter of 22nd September 2006 were:

The principles expressed in the letter of 11th January 2007 were:

1. It is our hope that you will explicitly recognize that we are in full communion with you in order to maintain the integrity of our ministries within our dioceses and the larger Church.
2. We are prepared, among other things, to work with the Primates and with others in our American context to make provision for the varying needs of individuals, congregations, dioceses and clergy to continue to exercise their ministries as the Covenant process unfolds. This includes the needs of those seeking primatial ministry from outside the United States, those dioceses and parishes unable to accept the ordination of women, and congregations which sense they can no longer be inside the Episcopal Church.

3. We are prepared to offer oversight, with the agreement of the local bishop, of congregations in dioceses whose bishops are not fully supportive of Communion teaching and discipline.
4. We are prepared to offer oversight to congregations who are currently under foreign jurisdictions in consultation with the bishops and Primates involved.
5. Finally, we respectfully request that the Primates address the issue of congregations within our dioceses seeking oversight in foreign jurisdictions. We are Communion-committed bishops and find the option of turning to foreign oversight presents anomalies which weaken our own diocesan familieis and places strains on the Communion as a whole.


1. Whilst we reaffirm the teaching of successive Lambeth Conferences that bishops must respect the autonomy and territorial integrity of dioceses and provinces other than their own, we call on the provinces concerned to make adequate provision for episcopal oversight of dissenting minorities within their own area of pastoral care in consultation with the Archbishop of Canterbury on behalf of the Primates (Lambeth, October 2003)

2. Namely, a letter of 22nd September 2006 to the Archbishop of Canterbury and a further letter of 11th 2007 to the Primates setting out a number of commitments and proposals. These commitments and principles are colloquially known as “the Camp Allen principles”. (see Appendix One)
3. As set out in Appendix One.

4. Resolved, That the 75th General Convention of The Episcopal Church, mindful of “the repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation enjoined on us by Christ” (Windsor Report, paragraph 134), express its regret for straining the bonds of affection in the events surrounding the General Convention of 2003 and the consequences which followed; offer its sincerest apology to those within our Anglican Communion who are offended by our failure to accord sufficient importance to the impact of our actions on our church and other parts of the Communion; and ask forgiveness as we seek to live into deeper levels of communion one with another. The Communion Sub-Group added the comment:  “These words were not lightly offered, and should not be lighted received.”

Posted at 05:18 PM in Anglican Renewal |


My take is that this is a Christian document that represents a sacrificial attempt at reconciliation. I think it opens up the middle in the American Church and creates a larger Windsor group. There will be a big chunk of the TEC that will not buy into it. The Holy Spirit brings things to light and the refusal of liberal bishops and dioceses to go along with this generous offer by the communion will be very revealing.

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