Some thoughts on the recent unpleasantness
I see the same thing going on in the Anglican Communion that I see in local politics. Those who fervently want power and control, and are determined to force their will on others simply act as if they already have that power and control.
It's the big lie, told often and repeatedly, and it can work.
That's what the GS/"Windsor"/etc. bishops are trying to do, through their communique. The rest are going along with it, at least to some degree, in the hope, or is it delusion, of maintaining Anglican unity.
The lie must be exposed for what it is, on a repeated basis, and rejected.
It was a lie that crucified Christ.
"Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do."
Mark Harris has an excellent post on "The Standard and Its Costs."
I would add, if we are to live into our baptismal covenant, we must keep the work of the cross before us. This includes not only shining the light on lies, but acting in love and in forgiveness, even against our own wills. This is the toughest part of the standard.
The toughest part of the baptismal covenant
The Episcopal Church must live into its calling, and we can't do that and cave in to the bullies. If this means the end of our participation in the Anglican Communion, so be it. If we must go our separate ways, let us do it with the cross before us at all times, and act without hate and acrimony.
Why have the primates targeted the Episcopal Church, and not the Canadians and others who dare to bless people against their edicts?
My dad said, "Always look for the money. Who's got it, and who wants its."
That's exactly why they're targeting the U.S., with its well-heeled dioceses and parishes that can be carved up like pirates' booty. I don't think that would be so easy to do in Canada or other parts of the Commonwealth.
Plus, anti-American sentiment usually isn't hard to whip up. And we've made that very easy the last few years.