“Father Jake” writes on his blog about his amazement that the House of Bishops managed to issue a statement that both Bishop Gene Robinson (of New Hampshire) and Bishop MacPherson (of Western Louisiana) could agree to sign on to:
“…While some conservative bishops had left the meeting early to hold their own meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, there was some favorable comment from both sides.
‘We have been a bit clearer about what we have done,’ said Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, a gay whose consecration touched off the controversy. ‘I think we have offered assurances to the (global communion) who by the way have been, I believe, destabilized by misinformation coming their way.’
Conservative Bishop Bruce MacPherson of western Louisiana, who voted against Robinson as bishop but opposes splitting the church, said progress was made.
‘I would like to have seen a little greater clarity, but I think this was OK,’ MacPherson said…”
Frankly, for me this is the take-away of the whole meeting. The House of Bishops is struggling to work together and starting to succeed in a way that I’ve never witnessed before.