ADU is one guy and a laptop so you will understand my admiration for the Anglican Communion Institute which is fabled (or derided, depending on who you are) as four guys and a laptop: such resources. Besides which, the ACI guys which I have met are way brighter and more learned than I am. Anyway, they are on the case in respect of the plot thickening in respect of TEC's move against the Diocese of South Carolina.
Here, in a very recent post (H/T two commenters to a recent post of mine) the ACI step by step outlines the events in the plot, with appropriate referencing to verifiable statements, conjoined to dates. There is nothing here which looks good: it does not look good for TEC as a transparent organisation innocently going about its business until one day, out of the blue, a set of complaints against +Mark arrive. No it looks a bit different to that. It certainly does not look good for +Mark: it looks like the plan is to accuse, try, and sentence him for abandonment in a process which looks like he does not have the right to appeal the judgement.
Of course, objectors here can object that the ACI is spinning this like a top. OK: let's have the facts in their case which are wrong?
My interest in the matter from far away: let's remember that the theology of +Mark Lawrence and the Diocese of South Carolina is pretty much the theology of the moderate conservatives of the Communion, of people such as myself, of fellow evangelicals in ACANZP, in Australia, in the C of E, and in countless places in Africa, South-East Asia and so forth. If TEC cannot find a way to live with this theology in harmonious conversation but is going to resort to law to deny its existence to whom is our allegiance as fellow Anglicans? With those who share our faith and practice, or with those who resort to law to squeeze that faith and practice out of existence?
There has to be a better way to deal with this situation than through canons - as the Bishop of Upper South Carolina, Andrew Waldo, has suggested.
There is also a mystery here: are there no other bishops in TEC going to come forth to support +Mark and the Diocese of South Carolina?
UPDATE: Wow. Curmudgeon is the researcher par excellence on the nuances and details caught up in the imbroglio that is unfolding. Read here and weep for the number of bishops and laity who will sit in contradiction over +Mark. It's like the Sadducees making up the jury for someone who is on trial for believing in the resurrection!