Thursday, September 14, 2006

The Mountain laboured...

...and brought forth a mouse. It looks like that big meeting in New York between the Archbishop of Canterbury's representative and members of the warring factions of the Episcopal Church came to nothing. The reviews have been pretty listless, too. Susan Russell scoffs that SHE was never scared - it's just the conservatives who were insisting that "the sky is falling". She's the second one to use the Chicken Little analogy - Bishop Mathes of San Diego did it last week. In earlier days (when people still took Christianity seriously) they might have said "It's the end of the world", but I guess nursery stories are appropriate, since Episcopalian liberalism is now well-advanced in senility and second childhood.

Conservatives aren't any more impressed than liberals by the tepid ACNS press statement, or the Archbishop of Canterbury's reply. Meanwhile, accusations of heresy and schism are flying about on both sides. It's starting to remind me of the scene in 'Pride and Prejudice' where Mrs. Bennet is desperately trying to salvage Mr. Collins's rejected marriage proposal to Elizabeth, with the poor old ABC playing the part of Mr. Bennet.

"Oh! Your Grace, you are wanted immediately, we are all in an uproar. You must come and make The Network submit to 815, for The Network vows they will not accept 815's primacy, and if you do not make haste 815 will change its mind and not accept them!"

Archbishop Williams raised his eyes from his book as she entered, and fixed them on her face with a calm unconcern which was not in the least altered by her communication.

"I have not the pleasure of understanding you,'' said he, when she had finished her speech. "Of what are you talking?''

"Of The Network and ECUSA. The Network declares that they are out of communion with ECUSA, and ECUSA begins to say that it is out of communion with the Network!"

"And what am I to do on the occasion? -- It seems an hopeless business."


Blogger Dr. Alice said...

And to continue:
"Your mother will never speak to you again if you do not commune with ECUSA, and I will never speak to you again if you do."

5:39 pm  
Blogger Dr. Mabuse said...

Heheh - the sad thing is, I think Mr. Collins would have no trouble finding a cozy niche in ECUSA today.

1:50 pm  
Blogger Kasia said...

Complete with Katharine Jeffords Schori as Lady CATHERINE?

2:15 pm  
Blogger Dr. Mabuse said...

"What is that you are saying, Fitzwilliam? What is it you are talking of? What are you telling Miss Bennet? Let me hear what it is."

"We are speaking of running a parish, Madam," said he, when no longer able to avoid a reply.

"Of running a parish! Then pray speak aloud. It is of all subjects my delight. I must have my share in the conversation, if you are speaking of running a parish. There are few people in ECUSA, I suppose, who have more true enjoyment of running a parish than myself, or a better natural taste. If I had ever tried it, I should have been a great proficient."

9:30 pm  

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