September 26, 2007

A Proposed Resolution for Lambeth 2008

Resolved, That given the debate, division and dissent to which it has given rise, Resolution 1.10 of the 1998 Lambeth Conference no longer represents the consensus of the Anglican Communion.

—Tobias Haller BSG


Anonymous said...

"no longer" suggests that it did originally. i think this is inaccurate, so i would suggest simply "does not".

Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG said...

I concur that it never did represent a consensus (hence the acrimonious debate surrounding it!). But bishops hate to admit they've made a mistake, and this is designed as an exercise in Episcopolitics.

Anonymous said...

... and be it further Resolved that the prelates will now take tea and oilish their pectoral crosses.

Lambeth MMVIII will be an interesting event to behold. My hope is through the work of the Holy Spirit (or sleight of hand) Anglicans-all can return to arguing about which Prayer Book constitutes the real Prayer Book and whether 'he' should be 'He' when referring to God the Almighty.

Oh for the good ol' days.

Unknown said...

Well, at least it's better than the Roman Catholic way of indicating a change in direction (by insisting there's no real change):

"As the Church has always taught . . ."

Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG said...

Thanks for the smiles James and Kevin. On the latter, I don't know who first said it, but someone once observed, 'In Rome, everything is forbidden until it becomes compulsory.'

bls said...

Excellent idea, Fr. Haller.

Anonymous said...

bd (that's "two thumbs up!")

Anonymous said...

Who can see this consuming mess and not realize that there never (except locally for short periods - such as in Paris around 1200 or in the Italian City states of the Renaissance) were any "recived teaching" or "mind of the Communion" on this?

(if you'll bear with me for saying so, the answer is found over at Thinking Anglicans ;=)

Paul (A.) said...

Seconding Thomas Bushnell's suggestion, using "does not" would not admit prior error. And some minds have in fact been changed over the last decade.

So how does this get put on the Lambeth table next year?

Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG said...

Paul (A),
Thanks for the note. I brought this up at the Town Hall meeting the other day and was reminded by my bishop that Lambeth 2008 is designed to be "legislation-free."

Paul (A.) said...

Then why not act to rescind the prior "legislation" that is now viewed as such a problem?

Or just clarify that it was not "legislation" and will not be viewed as such?

Sauce for the gander but not for the goose?

Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG said...

Dear Paul (A),
I think the more people (especially Primates and other leaders) who remind the wider church of these two facts the better:

1. Lambeth has no authority to establish or define doctrine; and

2. The Lambeth resolution did not and does not represent a consensus view, but rather a highly politicized position with which many were in significant disagreement.

That would help, short of a "repeal" which might not be possible at Lambeth 2008.