Griswold tries to calm US fears
Posted: 02 Nov 2006 @ 00:00
THE Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the US (ECUSA), the Most
Revd Frank Griswold, has sought to reassure his bishops about their Anglican
future. Speculation is building about the options that might be taken by the
Lambeth Commission, which is to publish its report on 18 October.
Amid a flurry of predictions that ECUSA as a whole or in part might be
disciplined, Bishop Griswold said that the commission was broadly
representative of the Anglican Communion and should be considered
“trustworthy”. He stressed that there was no clear information on the contents
of its report.
Bishop Griswold also spoke of how Communion members chose to “live with one
another as limbs and members of Christ’s body”. This involved “a willingness to
bear one another’s burdens and to enter into one another’s realities in all
their unfamiliarity and complexity” and a “very real cost on both sides”.
On Wednesday of last week, Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury,
confirmed, received or reaffirmed more than 300 Episcopalians at two services
at Truro Church, Fairfax, in Virginia. He was there at the invitation of the
Bishop of Virginia, the Rt Revd Peter Lee, as part of the alternative episcopal
provision for parishes that could not reconcile their view of sexuality with
diocesan policy (
News, 27 August).
At a news conference before the services, Lord Carey said of the Lambeth
Commission: “Whatever model, we must find space for people to be in one Church.
There are men and women of principle on both sides of the issue. My guess is
that it will require some form of impaired communion to make it work.”
Expressing concern for the provinces that rejected homosexuality as
incompatible with scripture, Lord Carey said: “The people who are very likely
to suffer the most from this squabble are the people of the Third World. Many
of them don’t want to welcome the help of the US because they have a perception
that we have failed them in some way.”