The Primates' Meeting is concerned about global warming so what better practical Anglican contribution to cooling the planet than to cut down on jet plane travel?
I am glad you agree with me so far. How about we write the ARCIC III report now so that the group doesn't have to meet (except in our imagination)?
I am sure you will also agree with me that, in writing the report, we can be mature people who do not need to waste words on the 'usual stuff' like 'We really enjoyed meeting with each other and we learned so much about each other's churches, and although we didn't actually share the eucharist/mass together we had an experience which was, in a truly profound sense of the word, 'communion.'
You would probably agree with me that if we were to write the 'usual stuff' it would be a nice change if we added words like, 'and for the life of us we don't really understand why we cannot share eucharist/mass together.'
But on this occasion we will be succinct and get down to the heart of the matter in an easy to read report which really communicates joint Anglican-Roman understanding of the matter at hand.
That matter, the topic of the next ARCIC is this: Church as Communion - Local and Universal.
Report on ARCIC III: Church as Communion - Local and Universal
[End of report].
Not only jet fuel saved, but words also!
Anglican Down Under can exclusively reveal that the Anglicans really wanted to say, 'It's impossible' and the Romans wanted to say 'It's possible if you agree with us.' But 'It's difficult' seemed a reasonable compromise.
We can also reveal that two key contributions in discussion were these:
Romans: 'We do not understand why we are discussing this topic with you because you seem to have no idea how to run a communion.'
Anglicans: 'After the recent Primates Meeting which went much better when people in agreement with each other met together, we understand you Romans better: communion works best when there is a common mind.'
Incidentally the combined group got a bit peeved with one of the Anglicans who kept muttering 'the Communion is not a church, the Communion is not a church.' The Romans said he was wrong, and the other Anglicans said he was right but this was not the right time or place to state the obvious.
Finally, it has been reported that a protester disrupted the meeting shouting out 'We are a communion of independent churches. Why aren't there representatives from all 38 churches?' Obviously an Anglican with new fangled ideas. Why can't a group of nine plus a consultant represent the mind of the Communion?
Still all this perturbation underlines the truth of the report's substantial statement on communion!
Go to your local betting agency now and place a bet on the ARCIC III report amounting to no more than 'It's difficult.'
CODA: ARCIC III will also look at this question: How in communion the Local and Universal Church comes to discern right ethical teaching.
In this case ADU is not privy to the Roman contribution to discussion but can share the Anglican contribution: 'We tried and failed.'