Diocese of Ottawa synod
I've no doubt that this synod will pass some weaselly form of words with a lot of "wiggle room" as the writer describes it. Anglicans are past masters at this sort of dishonesty. What struck me about the article were the quotes from the bishop on how he expects his church to find its way through these problems.
However, Bishop Chapman said in his opening speech, or charge, to the diocese, that he is adamant that this issue should not be allowed to absorb endless amounts of time and energy.In other words, WE OWN YOU, just like we own the Anglican Church, and if we decide to introduce public birching during the Peace, you'll take it and LIKE it. Notice the iron fist being waved in the face of dissenters - you WILL NOT object, you WILL NOT try to get away, you WILL NOT engage in any kind of strike action whatsoever. And this hunk of dry hardtack is topped off with a nice big slab of stale lard, in the form of a hymn to that now-exploded "classically Anglican" wonder, the via media.
He also made it clear that he will brook no divisive activity over the matter: "Leadership that does not take its lead from the bishops and councils of the church, national and local, cannot be tolerated. Our missional strength can only be fully realized when we stay together ..." "I expect, regardless of this motion, that the clergy and people will continue their work and ministry embracing our differences rather than fretting over them ... I expect that we will behave in a manner that is classically Anglican -- a manner that not only embraces but lives the wonder of the via media (middle way). It is our gift to Christianity. We must not overlook the fact that it is also our gift to ourselves."
Well, I don't know - what's the median age of your average Anglican? Sixty-eight? How many of them even know what "right click" means? They probably don't have computers and haven't heard about what's happened in ECUSA, so this sort of outdated humbug may very well work for a while. Canada has always been a few years behind the U.S. But it's just strange to read these words, knowing how empty they are, and having already seen the path the Americans have gone down, which ACC is following. From a man who's just a few months into the job of bishop, I find it a little chilling to read such backward ideas, and think that THIS is who the Diocese of Ottawa is going to be stuck with when the hurricane hits.
UPDATE: Resolution approving of gay marriage passes, by a vote of 177 to 97.