It appears that an attempt to seat Gene Robinson, the Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire, with the rest of the Episcopal House of Bishops at Lambeth has failed. It appears there was a great expectation by some - including the bishop himself, that he would gain entrance into the Lambeth Conference by being seated with the provincial houses on Tuesday, July 22.
"For me to be excluded from my own House of Bishops seems especially cruel and unnecessary," Bishop Robinson writes on his own blog this morning.
We do wonder how many times does he have to be told no?
"With all the exclusion and meanness that has come my way over the years, you'd think this would come as less of a surprise," Gene Robinson writes. "But surprise me it did! And it hurts, especially at the hands of my brothers and sisters in Christ."
That the Episcopal House of Bishops appear united at this time against seating him is quite interesting. Or are they? That the lobbying to seat him will most assuredly continue is also quite interesting. But it does appear that the Bishop of New Hampshire relishes playing the victim card. Is that the only card in his deck?
"If nothing can be done to change this decision, it will be a particularly painful blow," Robinson writes. "At our House of Bishops meeting in March, I pleaded with the House not to let Lambeth separate us. For me to be excluded from my own House of Bishops seems especially cruel and unnecessary."