UPDATE: Ian Paul is worth a read on these matters. AND GAFCON replies to the bishops' sanity.
Possibly the sanest news item ever published on the matter of Anglican churches and homosexuality has this heading,
Church of England bishops: we agree on one thing - that we can't agree on homosexuality
Within the item are we seeing the introduction of a new Anglican phrase, "good disagreement"?
For myself I am prompted to wonder if (when all is said and done) we are (though we are scarcely aware of it) engaged with a true novelty in the life of the church:
1. a matter on which we disagree so severely that schism always lurks as a possible outcome (and, indeed, has become an outcome in some places) yet not a matter on which any rational, compassionate Christian (in the abstract position of peaceful reflection*) would wish to divide the church for fear that doing so made a scapegoat of a tiny minority;
2. a matter on which the catholicity of our church/Communion is under an unprecedented 'strain' (as we try to reconcile the universality of the church implying inclusivity with the universality of the church implying commitment to common doctrine).
Do we need a very English cup of tea?
*I include the words in parentheses because I happily acknowledge that where schism has occurred, particularly in North America, many factors apply other than simple disagreement over homosexuality, including factors of stress driven by some dominating episcopal leadership difficult to understand in Anglican places more used to (shall we say) an English-style of episcopacy.