Find the Lady
Everyone's seen the game, even if they haven't played it. The dealer has 3 face-down cards in front of him, and quickly moves them about to confuse the mark. One of the cards is a Queen, and the challenge is to pick her out of the bunch once the "shuffling" is done. Of course, you have to pay to play, so the mark keeps ponying up money in the certainty that he can eventually win such an easy game.
"Find the lady! Find the lady!" How many rounds of this con game have been played since the summer? I've lost count - big meeting in New York, then another one at Camp Allen, then a secret meeting with some GS bishops, then the votes in Virginia... And every time the orthodox were sure that THIS time they had her for sure, only to have to dig into their pockets for another dollar for just one more game.
The latest con artist is the Archbishop of Canterbury, telling the suckers that they'll find the lady in Tanzania in February, this time FER SURE. And sadly, there are all too many who will think the price of playing one more game a better deal than admitting that they've already foolishly sunk too many dollars into this rigged confidence trick, and will never be able to win it back. Because of course, if by some miracle they don't win the pot of gold in February, well, Lambeth is ONLY one year away, and what harm will it do to wait, since they've waited this long already?
It's a mystery to me why any conservative would lean on a bending reed like Rowan Williams for support. The great cry after the General Convention was "Clarity!" Then along comes this little whiskered gnome with his letters and it's back to tortured interpreting and teased meanings from obscure hieroglyphics. And after those unnerving moments of clarity, the orthodox seem all too eager to slide back into the traditional comforts of obfuscation. Meanwhile, as Chris Johnson has said, time is not on their side, and every month of waiting for the next short-lived attack of "clarity" results in the loss of a few thousand more like me, who decided to cut our losses and turn our backs on the game.