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February 22, 2007, 2:40 am
Filed under: Anglican Crisis

Dust Thou Art

While the liberals grumble over their Double Ristretto Ventis (with Half-Soy Nonfat Decaf Organic Chocolate Brownie Iced Vanilla Double-Shot Gingerbread Frappuccino Extra Hot With Foam Whipped Cream Upside Down Double Blended, One Sweet’N Low and One Nutrasweet, and Ices), we’ve pondered what a ‘liberal response’ to Dar might look like.

After all, to a flatlander, it’s all this-worldly, right? Therefore, giving your solemn word as an ordained Christian (signing on, or signing off, in wiggle-room-speak) is not to swear upon your eternal soul (your What-Now?), nor to give your word as to Christ himself (that rather inspiring dead rabbi), nor even to give the solemn pledge of a serious and worthy person, whose word is bond.

Why? It’s all about the revolution, heaven-on-earth, fighting Them and the hateful neanderthalic bigoted reactionary views They stand for, type thing.

How on earth could a card-carrying progressive seriously sign and support anything like the Dar declarations? It would be more like “You Forced Me” or “I Didn’t Mean It” or “What I Really Meant Was” or “In The Light Of Further Reflection, I Now Say” or “Well That’s What YOU Said & Agreed To”. Waffle, spin, dodge, redefine….

To betray this-worldly religion makes no sense: there’s no other or higher “There” there. There’s no other way forward, no other worthy ‘gospel’, no greater justice or healing or capital-t truth or capital-g goodness than the lefty crusades. It’s a heady and higher lower calling. And liberals REALLY don’t like traitors or fudgers to the cause.

So Canada’s Hutchison and The United State’s Jefferts-Schori find themselves in an impossible place; the Global South has paid them the uncomfortable compliment of being serious Christian leaders capable of giving and keeping their word. Their like-minded allies expect them to deliver on the revlution. Rock, meet hard place.

In reality, there is only one real choice: to follow the True Holy Spirit of God, to freely choose to stand with the Christian Church and God’s will, however sinfully or imperfectly that is expressed through the recent tough-stand decisions in Dar…. and then to gladly suffer the cruel misunderstanding and hatred of the world which rejects Jesus, just as he promised…

.. To remember that we are but dust, and to dust we shall return. May the Lord have mercy upon our sins, negligences and ignorances, and to say of a straying brother or sister in the Lord: “There, but for the grace of God, go I”, and to work and pray for the return of the prodigals, before it is too late.

CaNN News-Editor

Tanzania News

LENT & BEYOND— Feb 21 — Ash Wednesday … (LB)

ON TV— Kendall and Susan; From the PBS Online News Hour: Anglican Leaders Demand U.S. Church End Gay Unions … (babybluecafe, t19)

ANGLICAN-TV GOODNESS: “Archbishop Williams preaches in the Zanzibar Cathedral” … (anglicantv)

GEE, D’YA THINK?!? Anglican rift may hit Canada, archbishop says. Anglican leaders say U.S. church must bar same-sex blessings, election of gay bishops … (theglobeandmail, AJ)

WAFFLE-QUEEN: The Presiding Bishop’s Word to the Church; Audio(Various)

CAP’N YIPS— “As spin of a bad situation, this is amazing. Full marks – not for accuracy, but for rhetoric. I don’t think that anyone will miss the “fasting is not a permanent condition” bit. She’s going to appear to make this work. Tolkien references may begin with Morgoth’s release from bondage and his insinuations into the counsels of the Elves”… (captainyips)

EPISCOPAL LEADER Asks for Time; 815 answers reporters questions on the Communique(examiner, ENS)

A PLEA TO BLOG READERS about Episcopal Bishops and Others’ responses to the Tanzania Anglican Primates Communique … (titusonenine)

WELBORN: “And in Tanzania” … (amywelborn)

+JACK IKER reflections on Communique … (aacblog)

WIGGLE-ROOMER Mark Harris: “Signing off” on the Communique is not the same as consensus… (standfirminfaith)

ANGLICAN HEAD Comments on Concluding Document(christianpost,

COMMENTS from +Martyn on Anglican Mainstream … (anglican-mainstream)

GLEDHILL: “I have it on good authority that one Primate lost his temper and yelled, while TEC Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori wept during the Primates’ meeting in Tanzania” (Canon Anderson’s take on the Communique included) … (gledhill, sf)

A CEN Interview with Bishop Robert Duncan … (titusonenine)

KRAALSPACE— “The Communique and Schedule” … (

STATEMENT from The Most Rev. Henry Luke Orombi (Uganda) on the meeting in Tanzania … (freerep)

EARLY RETURNS— “The Episcopal bishops are starting to weigh on Dar es Salaam and it’s not looking good” … (

IRD OF EVIL— Press Release: Does the Episcopal Church Desire Autonomy or Interdependence? … (

BISHOP Neil Alexander’s Statement on the Tanzania Communiqué from Primates of the Anglican Communion … (titusonenine)

ROAD TRIP— “Episcopal liberals are incensed by Dar es Salaam and many of them seem perfectly happy with the idea of leaving the Anglican Communion”… (

ANGLICAN HIERARCHY ~ US Anglicans Have Seven Months to Shape up or Ship Out. House of Bishops Will Begin Response to Communiqué in March(lifesite, LC)

DAVID OULD critiques Jefferts-Schori: “How not to listen to anyone at all” … (whitehorseinn)

DRELL: “Kendall Harmon is a masochist. A lovable masochist, but a masochist nevertheless”; Elizabeth Kaeton Calls Me Pigheaded. And “On the HOBD Listserv, there are already calls for a special general convention to address the Primates request”… (descant)

CARNIVORES— “Katharine Jefferts Schori on Dar es Salaam”… (

CONNECTICUT Episcopal Leaders Expect Anglican Schism … (titusonenine)

FINKING ANGLICRUMBS— primates meeting: Wednesday press coverage. primates meeting: some further reports(thinkinganglicans)

THE AGE TO COME: “Praise God, for the spiritual battle in Tanzania has been won. Not easily, or cleanly, and the war still rages. The spiritual darkness has been tolerated long, is deep seated and not easily rooted out. However, the enemy is on the retreat; the forces of light won this day”… (agetocome)

NUCLEAR OPTION— “So where are we? We have a proposed system of alternate primatial oversight. Whether it works or not remains to be seen. And we have a series of requests from the primates and a deadline for implementing them. If TEC refuses, that will supposedly be that”… (

TOBIAS HALLER+ Summarizes the Communique and Schedule … (standfirm)

REFORMED PASTOR: “The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church got off the plane from Tanzania and offered some reflections on the recent Anglican Primates meeting. In the process, she illustrated very nicely how easy is it to misapply Scripture” … (reformedpastor)

SUN RISES, SKY BLUE, RAIN IS WET, Episcopal Leaders Defiant; Anglican leaders struggle to unite(babybluecafe. bbc)

THE GUARDIAN: Unity over integrity … (standfirminfaith)

CARIOCA— This One’s a Big Dog (Hear It Bark); That Cat Won’t Bark(cariocaconfessions)

GEOFFREY KIRK of Forward in Faith of UK on Primates Meeting … (ThePrayerBookSocietyNews)

REVISIT— “Living God’s Blessing” – an open letter from Integrity Toronto to General Synod 2007 … (felixhominum)

BP. BENFIELD of Arkansas on the Tanzanian Primates Communique … (t19)

A RESPONSE from Bp. Andrus; He Is Now Calling For A Special General Convention(, drell)

OUTRAGED OASIS Leads Rejection of Ban Against Episcopal Blessing of LGBT Couples; Anglican Communion wants U.S. action in gay row (Reuters) … (yahoo,

DREHER— AC to ECUSA: Shape up, or else… (crunchycon)

BAFFLE-GAB— “Anglican Primates urged to opt for confidence-building rather than confrontation.” Looks like the 2007 Goofiest Headline Contest is over… (

MICHAEL MILLARD – On Clarification; Fr. Jones On The Communique(descant)

ORTHODIXIEVoulez-vous eglise avec moi ce soir? Pardon my French, but … Episcopalians!… (

REPORTAGE— Same-sex edict worries Bay Area Episcopalians; Episcopalian bishops talk of schism over gay rights. Many Episcopalians Wary, Some Defiant After Ultimatum by Anglicans … (sfgate, etc)

UNION? “In an article in NRO last November, Fr. Raymond de Souza put the problem in sharper focus: “Some argue that [homosexual acts] are sinful; others that they are sacramental. This is an unbridgeable gap and it appears impossible for Canterbury to straddle it, try as he might.” One sees why Bathersby, and not de Souza, was named to co-chair IARCCUM”; So all roads lead to Rome – episode 42… (cwnews

Other News

THE VATICAN “The Vatican responded today to yesterday’s “scoop” in the Times of London about an unpublished Anglican-Catholic report that allegedly paved the way to reunification if there was a split in the Anglican Communion”… (bettnet)

A CHURCH A church torn in two … (montereyherald)

A PRESS RELEASE from the Diocese of Virginia… (standfirminfaith)

A RESPONSE to the Institute on Religion and Democracy’s article: “Sequel to Scandal: Baltimore-Washington Conference Methodists Convene ‘Hearts on Fire 2’” … (

LLAMA BUTCHER— “That’s My Church – Lenten Sobriety Edition” … (llamabutchers)

HUW RAPHAEL gets on the chicken-dinners wagon… (

INDOCTRINATION in a PC(USA) Church Near You; PC(USA) Still Recommending Anti-Israel Propaganda Piece for Youth Education … (solomonia)

PAGING THE EPISCOPAL LEFT: “Iranian Student Activist Ahmad Batebi Suffers Second Stroke”… (

GET RELIGION— “Hey Time! Wake up and smell the incense”… (getreligion)

FROM Newsweek: Difficult Choices … (titusonenine)

SPERO: Archbishop comments on talks with Catholic Church… (spero)

SOUTH CAROLINA: Standing Committee asks other dioceses to reconsider withholding consent to Lawrence… (episcopalchurch)

BETTNET: “Former Charismatic Episcopal bishop becomes Catholic”; Special accommodations for the politically correct sin; “Public School Argues in Court it is Mandated to Provide Pro-Gay Ed and Parents Have No Right to Object” … (

CORINTH Presbyterian wants property as it leaves the fold… (freerep)

RICHARD KEW— “I suspect that some of my anxieties are that Anglican distinctives might well get swallowed up in the vastness of the Roman Church, the numerical majority ultimately swamping the minority. But I suppose it could be possible that Anglicanism could act like a healthy virus that starts to positively influence Roman values, beginning a process of re-forming and re-making it” … (richardkew)

REAL Women tracks Climb to Power by Homosexuals in Canada Through Liberal Government… (lifesite)

SIONNSAR— “To the Traditional Anglican Ping List (and FRiends)”… (freerep)

WHERE WE ARE: “In the longer-term, denial requires a continued compromises with reality to maintain the pretense that “Everything is fine!” or “If only X would happen, everything would be fine!” Eventually, delusional thinking, along with paranoia and its inevitable conspiracy theories begin to take the place of rational thought in those who deny reality for long periods of time”… (

BREAKING: Rowan Williams Is The Father… (all2common)


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So when is CaNN fixed binks? You must have done a good number on it.

On the plus side, I don’t need to logon while you are a humble wordpress blogger such as myself ;-)

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