The Mountain laboured...
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."