The Presiding Bishop of ECUSA, The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori has responded as well. Her entire response is as follows:
Much of the Anglican world must be lamenting the latest emission from GAFCON. Anglicanism has always been broader than some find comfortable. This statement does not represent the end of Anglicanism, merely another chapter in a centuries-old struggle for dominance by those who consider themselves the only true believers. Anglicans will continue to worship God in their churches, serve the hungry and needy in their communities, and build missional relationships with others across the globe, despite the desire of a few leaders to narrow the influence of the gospel. We look forward to the opportunities of the Lambeth Conference for constructive conversation, inspired prayer, and relational encounters.
Help me out people, what is it about her response that I find so offensive? Is it the scatological tone of the first sentence? Does she think that she is any less than one who claims to be a “true believer”? (She obviously thinks “the others” are wrong.) Perhaps it is the way in which her first sentence seems to ignore the fact that much (the majority, in fact) of the Anglican world has lamented the actions of the Communion in the North and West. Is it the tone, the condescension?
What is it….
Some more thoughts. Compare the PB’s response with that of the ABC. He did affirm the uniqueness of Christ and his deity in his statement, affirmed the common purpose and goals and then had very reasonable criticisms of the GAFCON proposal. From KJS? We have scatological aspersions.