Doings with the HOB
You may have missed it but the bishops had a meeting recently.
The meeting was billed as a retreat, and members of the public and the news media were not allowed to observe the sessions.
Well, a retreat really. It was all rather invite only kind of thing.
Members of the proletariat Non bishop types were persona non grata.
Very few, if any, bishops blogged and tweeted during the sessions. In past meetings, some bishops have raised issues of confidentiality in response to their colleagues tweeting and blogging about their conversations.
As if the unwashed masses should be allowed to know what their betters think!
In a March 20 media briefing, bishops participating in the briefing said the meeting was more relaxed and the atmosphere more gracious than it has been in years.
Yes, without most of those pesky Orthodox, it is much easier to pretend All is Well. ™
“Bishops lead such busy lives, we need to come away on a retreat,” said Bishop of Pittsburgh Kenneth Price, secretary of the House of Bishops, during the briefing, adding that the absence of outsiders made for a better atmosphere. He said that he would leave the meeting “blessed and energized.”
Busy lives. Not something the sheeple know about. After all, what could be more important to do with our tithes than make sure our bishops are relaxed.
According to a
Pravdapublic affairs office daily account, the bishops continued discussion about the committee’s work and same-gender blessings “in small groups, as a body, and then in indaba settings, an opportunity for each member of the house to speak his or her mind in a smaller, open setting.” Indaba, which means “meaningful conversation,” is a process derived from African traditions that was used by the bishops at the 2008 Lambeth Conference.
And we all know how productive the 2008 Lambeth Conference was.
Other sessions included a discussion on spiritual discipline, led by Diocese of Massachusetts Bishop Thomas Shaw, and a conversation on the General Convention 2009 Resolution B014, which called for the study of reconciliation or dissolution of pastoral relations between conflicted dioceses and their bishops.
Like the spiritual discipline you displayed when you performed a marriage ceremony for two lesbians in your diocesan cathedral, Bishop Shaw?
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