Since it appears that Beers still has his head and it's not rolling down I-95 (at least we haven't heard that he has been sacked) and that in The Letter he threatens "Should your diocese decline to take that step, the Presiding Bishop will have to consider what sort of action she must take in order to bring your diocese into compliance" he is indeed speaking for the Presiding Bishop-Elect, Katharine Jefforts Schori. If this is not so, his head would have rolled by now.
The fact that she would have her lawyer write a letter directly to sitting diocesan bishops is quite extraordinary. If she were following any kind of sincere diplomatic protocol, she would have sent a message through another bishop who could deliver a letter from her on her behalf (if she was really interested in reconciliation, which apparently, she is not) expressing her concerns. To tell your lawyer to write a letter and drop it in the mail so that the two Diocesan bishops receive it just as she is having an audience with the Archbishop of Canterbury tells us exactly what she wants - these two men's heads on a platter. The Klingons do appears to be right after all. Revenge is a dish best served cold.
Still watching for the official ENS report. They are quick to report Via Media lobbying Standing Committees to reject the newly-elected Bishop of South Carolina, but are strangely silent on the Beers Letter. Funny, isn't it? Do they also understand what a colossal timing-mistake this is - that this engagement in Episcopal "bait and switch" days before the big hoohah is unfortunate. We all know it's not about women - that's so last century. This appears to be revenge - and a little "bait and switch." Things aren't looking so good so let's change the subject. Forget about Windsor - let's make it about All About Women, yes, that's the ticket.
It could be that the New York Summit was the last chance for the moderates to have a voice in this process and it was a massive failure. The next chance was the Camp Allen meeting and that showed that there is a crack running straight down the church inside the rank and file - including another bishop who is a woman, Bishop Wolfe of Rhode Island - so it isn't about women after all!
Is the crack widening inside The Episcopal Church? The real crisis is one where the anchor of the church has been cut from the boat and the boat is now drifting out to sea.
It's such a desperate sort of act, taken at such a wrong sort of time, one could infer The Letter is actually aimed at her own theological constituency. It's obviously not aimed at the orthodox (we know it's not All About Women) unless it's just to provoke bad behaving blue meanies. So if it's not the orthodox, could it be that it's aimed at her own wing of the church? If true, it is very interesting to consider. Why does she need to fire them up?