Monday, July 28, 2008

Released: The Windsor Continuation Group report

Sashay on over to the Anglican Communion News Service site and read the Windsor Continuation Group - Preliminary Observations to the Lambeth Conference (Parts 1, 2 and 3). Then pray that our Bishops don't let us down.

The most interesting part, IMHO, is a bullet point on the "moratoria" on ordaining LGBT priests/bishops and border crossings: There have been different interpretations of the sense in which 'moratorium' was used in the Windsor Report. Our understanding is that moratorium refers to both future actions and is also retrospective: that is that it requires the cessation of activity. This necessarily applies to practices that may have already been authorised as well as proposed for authorisation in the future."

Ahem. Having been wrong on the meaning of a word on occasion, I checked the definition of moratorium - yes, boys and girls, it really is "an authorized period of delay or waiting." Retrospective cessation of activity? Methinks a few folks were dipping into the communion wine.

3 comments:

Grandmère Mimi said...

Lynn, excellent catch there. Retrospective moratorium doesn't parse, does it?

Scott Hankins said...

hmmm...retrospective moratorium...could that maybe mean that we will continue refusing to look back at how "tradition" has changed over lo these last two thousand years for fear that we, being led by the Spirit, might actually be encouraged to take yet another step forward toward the fullness of God's own Truth?

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

This is not the first time Newspeak is applied from certain parties in the (former) Anglican "communion"...