Now that it is looking much clearer that Mitt Romney will win the big stoush in America, we can turn our attention to the smaller stoush going on in TEC between ++Katharine Jefferts Schori and +Mark Lawrence. And stoush it is. Mark Harris of Preludium says +Mark is a liar. A.S. Haley of Anglican Curmudgeon says that TEC's Board of Discipline is hopelessly compromised. I haven't time to go through all the blogs, but they are stoushing!
From far away it is difficult to know what is the chicken and what is the egg here. Possibly the egg is the Diocese and a plan to breakaway from TEC, possibly even begun before Mark Lawrence was consecrated +Mark, he being chosen to be the lion-hearted leader to assist with the breakaway. The chicken is then TEC wising up to the breakaway and acting, as it has now, to discipline the errant bishop. Flaw: the decision-making has been Diocesan rather than episcopal. Will TEC take 'the Diocese' to court?
Against this scenario is the implausibility of a Diocese promulgating action to leave a church of good standing in the gospel and in the grand tradition of Christian orthodoxy. So an alternative egg is TEC itself. Bit by bit pushing the limits of what passes for recognisable orthodoxy, leaving the Diocese of SC with no alternative but to become the chicken that walks away to a different future.
Which is which?
Courtesy of a correspondent, these links may help get the whole picture: here, here and here.