So while at our Synod I idly looked at Twitter and saw news about the coming out of the Bishop of Grantham (i.e. a bishop within the C of E). So, Thinking Anglicans reports. Now the key matter re the current polity of the C of E regarding bishops and their relationships is that +Nicholas Chamberlain is celibate within his loving partnership (see also the TA article for the Bishop of Lincoln's statement about that).
Wesley Hill has a considered reflection offered here.
I can see that between this news moving out of England and into the wider Anglican Communion it is quite possible that things will get "lost in translation": the celibate bit will recede and the "in a relationship" bit of the news will be magnified. There will be a to do about this.There will be sound and fury about a perception that the episcopal cat has been set loose among the C of E pigeons. In the same week as the news of the "shadow synod" I see little peace and much ruffling of feathers.
UPDATE (After about 10 or so comments below)
1. At our just completed Diocese of Christchurch Synod we heard a range of views on homosexuality and the blessing of same sex relationships from the "it's wrong" through to the "it's right and let's get on with it" ends of the spectrum.
2. This is the Anglican church in the West: it is a church with a range of views. Most commenters below are very, very wary of +Nicholas's news. I suspect there are non-commenting readers here who are reading his news and saying "Yay. Bless him. Why DOES he have to be celibate?"
3. (As I comment below) I was yet heartened in this expression of a range of views: I found as the views were being expressed a glimmer of hope because no-one (let me re-phrase that, NO-ONE) wanted anyone present in the Synod to leave or to change their views. The motion we agreed to was intentionally moved and seconded by clergy from each end of the spectrum.
4. I do not know where this ends up!
SECOND UPDATE It looks like my own considerations are not way out of conservative line (well, one of them) as Ian Paul writing at Psephizo offers his careful and caring reflection here.