Apparently, the Presiding Bishop defies Rowan Williams request. Very interesting.
From the Church of England Newspaper, via-email:
The press officer to the Secretary General of the Anglican Consultative Council has confirmed to The Church of England Newspaper that Canon Kenneth Kearon hand delivered a letter from Dr Williams to Bishop Jefferts Schori at the April 17 consecration ceremony of Bishop Douglas of Connecticut.
The chancellor to the Presiding Bishop, David Booth Beers, told bishops attending the May 24 to 28 Living Our Vows bishops’ training programme at the Lake Logan Episcopal Center in North Carolina that in this letter Dr. Williams had asked the Presiding Bishop to consider absenting herself from meetings of the Anglican Communion’s Standing Committee and the Primates’ Meeting in light of the Episcopal Church’s violation of the moratoria on gay bishops and those present tell CEN.
Speaking to a group of bishops during an informal after-dinner session, Mr Beers stated the Presiding Bishop had rejected the Archbishop of Canterbury’s suggestion, observing that he had no authority to remove her from the Primates’ Standing Committee as she had been elected by the North and South American primates. She also objected to Dr. Williams’ claim to have the authority to ban her from the councils of the Church.
Tip of the Tinfoil to the Anglican Super Sleuth George Conger. Thanks, George!
Meanwhile, the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church is meeting in Maryland where the Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations is proposing that funds designated for the Anglican Communion Office be redirected toward organizations controlled by The Episcopal Church. You can read more about it here. Kenneth Kearon is schedule to take a Q&A with the Executive Council tomorrow. Thanks Chip and Doug!