My Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Paul V. Marshall of Bethlehem, has written a think-piece which was originally restricted to the House of Bishops listserve. He was asked to allow it to be circulated so he cleaned up and expanded it. The piece has created quite a stir. Here is the original.
Here are two Episcopal news reports: ENS and Living Church.
The Church Times has a balanced report with decent background.
The Times of London published a hatchet job of a report on Tuesday, written by Ruth Gledhill (see below). It's tone is more harsh and the view much more slanted than her blog. It is an obvious attempt to slant the reporting to minimize the significance of what +Paul has written. Also, there were some basic reporting errors which she claims were due to not finding info on the Web. Whatever.
Here are some of the blogs where it has shown up or is commented upon:
The Daily Episcopalian I think brought it first to the US, although Louie Crew brought it to the HOBD list before that.
Thinking Anglicans--has it's typical complete list.
Mark Harris has his usual insightful observations.
Ruth Gledhill of the Times of London (see above). This was written a day or so before the Times of London print piece. She is very defensive for the ABC and her headline says that +Paul "savaged" the poor man. (Now, look at that picture. Is the face of one who could 'savage' anyone??) She also attempts to downplay the piece by claiming that we are a "fringe" diocese. For some reason, many comments on this appear on Thinking Anglicans. It is very hard to know where she stands: one day she seems somewhat progressive, other days very conservative. Either way she has an opinion.
The Episcopal Majority
This one references the ATR article and the comment in the forward. Tip of the hat for Lisa Fox who did a good job getting background.
Mad Priest blogged it first. Give the man a medal for scooping the rest of the blogosphere!
Titusonenine mentions it, too, with some interesting con and some pro replies downstream.
Brad Drell, a lay deputy from the Diocese of Western Louisiana and frequent presence on the HOBD list posted this on his blog Drell's Descants. He also writes from a conservative point of view. Brad doesn't say much. The general take of the comments on this blog is that the behavior of the ABC is our fault.
Other conservative blogs including Stand Firm, and Anglican Mainstream are silent.
Fr. Tony Clavier writes about it. He (a moderate) agrees with the general line of the calmer conservative comments on Ruth Gledhill's and Kendall Harmon's blogs: Poor Rowan. Damned if he does and damed if doesn't and, more to the point of Bishop Marshall's piece, that the ABC's style of leadership is English and therefore different than ours.
Here is my commentary on Bishop Paul's piece as posted as a comment on Gledhill's blog (see above) Tuesday morning. The point of this is to get at the effect of Williams' decision not to be even-handed in his dealings with the various parties in this long dispute by meeting and communicating directly with one side and playing a rose-garden campaign with the other. Here is what I wrote:
Thursday, January 18, 2007