they said....

By Fr. Wilson (articles ) | Oct 16, 2003

Okay, okay. People are saying, "Huh? What'd they say?" Even life-long speakers of Anglikaans need this translated, judging from my email box. As a public service therefore, stepping nobly into the breech:

They said,

(a) we all feel much better now. (b) the bible study was really cool. (c) we have an official position on this gay stuff and it ISN'T what you guys did. (d) we had better study some more (e) you can't just launch off and do this stuff and leave the rest of us swallowing your sand (f) naughty, naughty bishops who cross diocesan lines. no matter what. ecclesiastical boundaries trump sacraments, commandments and moral theology every time. (g) some of youse guys need to allow yer orthodox to have visiting bishops who believe in the resurrection and don't believe in sodomy, like we said at lambeth 1998 in that resolution you've been ignoring ever since. (h) in time honored anglican fashion we want a committee to study this. it needs to report on what canterbury can do about this stuff next time somebody decides to consecrate an aardvark or a potted plant to the episcopate. it has a year to tell us what fudge/dodge/evasion it comes up with (h) hey, about this gay bishop. this is a club-breaker. yer gonna lose yer cocktail-cart privileges in some places if you do it (g) and a lot of us aren't gonna think he's really a bishop (h) and if you consecrate him, THEN we REALLY, REALLY, TWOOOLEY will be at a crisis point. then. when you do that. yup. you thought it was bad when gay marriages were tolerated and ecusa wouldn't say jesus is lord, but just you wait...

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  • Posted by: - Oct. 16, 2003 6:24 PM ET USA

    " time somebody decides to consecrate an aardvark or a potted plant to the episcopate,,," You probably think you're engaging in hyperbole, however, just give it a couple of synods.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 16, 2003 4:22 PM ET USA

    Pithy translation: We're waiting 12 mos till this blows over and then we'll do the midnight press release on a long weekend when lotsa other news is filling the airwaves (or during a sacred feast when Orthodox Anglos are Catholics are abstaining from work) so that we can float this one out without too much flack from you cynical media hacks who keep harrassing us daily with your personal and vicious attacks. Oh, and, btw, we pray for you.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 16, 2003 3:55 PM ET USA

    When will the leadership of the RC Church USA come out of the fog and end the "dialogue" in pseudo-ecumenism with the ECUSA ? What an exercise in futility ! Don't they have brains enough to realize that a dialogue with the Anglican Catholic Church [survivors of the Episcopalian debable] would be really worthwhile ? We share far more in common with the ACC. In view of past behavior, don't count on our "leadership" to lead.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 16, 2003 3:22 PM ET USA

    As a native of Anglicania I coommend Fr. Wilson for an excellent translation. This is about as harsh a condemnation that Anglicaans grammar and syntax will permit, so you have to give them at least some credit.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 16, 2003 2:57 PM ET USA

    As the old Anglican joke goes: "If they just change one more thing -- ONE more thing, I am out of here...."

  • Posted by: - Oct. 16, 2003 2:28 PM ET USA

    Okay, so I meant, 'into the breach,' not 'breech," as in breeches. As in trousers. Just in case the National Review Board logs on here. I meant "breach," okay? -FrW