Monday, June 25, 2007

The Path to Rome

Yesterday, the 2007 General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada passed the following resolution:
That this General Synod resolves that the blessing of same-sex unions is not in conflict with the core doctrine (in the sense of being credal) of the Anglican Church of Canada.
It did not, however, manage to pass this resolution:
That this General Synod affirm the authority and jurisdiction of any diocesan synod, with the concurrence of its bishop, to authorize the blessing of committed same sex unions.
The National Post reports today:
While the Anglican result will please many conservatives in the Church, it is a stinging setback for thousands of Anglican gay and lesbian worshippers and their champions, who have been pressing the issue for more than a decade.
Serendipitous wording! But alas, quite incorrect. For while the failure of the second resolution may very well disappoint those Anglicans who've made the object of their worship gays and lesbians, that first resolution there pretty much sets the seal on Anglicanism's bid to disencumber itself of the burden of Christianity. Conservatives are not pleased; conservatives are devastated (if totally unsurprised).