According to sources, the Drafting Committee has been told to start over fresh. The Draft Document is not acceptable to the house and the bishops cannot agree upon edited text…we’ll see in a moment if these reports can be confirmed.
Bishop Alexander: there is no draft document at this point. we have made enormous progress today building a strong census. It is our hope that the document we’ve been working on will be redrawn tonight and tomorrow we will have a full response
Bishop Alvarez: This is a continuing process with regard to our relationship with the rest of the communion dealing with polity, our consecration of VGR and other matters that have arisen. But through this process we have proven the quality of this church in which we can differ, talk openly, and pray together. As Bishop Alexander said we are working on a document that will offer a good response
Bruno: we are a passionate group of humans we are working on being passionate and clear., My two fellow bishops have said everything that needs to be said. WE are men and women of integrity and strength and we work hard to respect one another
Question: Is there a consensus and what is it
Bruno: we have agreed that we need to have a statement that responds with clarity. IT must be clear and unambiguous and we are working in that direction. We really do intend to come out with a statement that will speak clearly to the communion and to the church.
Nolan from NO Picayune: We’ve been told there are a number of resolutions, how are they going to be incorporated?
Bruno: Nothing is sidetracked. There have been several different methods set forth for our response and there is debate about that. But it is important that it be clear.
Alexander: bishops have all contributed to the conversation. Many have put forward resolutions and proposals and this is good. People work better if they don’t just have a blank sheet of paper
Alvarez: we have been expanding our discussion tonight so that whatever document is approved will be a true reflection of the HOB.
AP: we were told that bishop Patterson spoke to you in private session…
Alexander: that is not true, he did not address the house.
AP: what about the draft that was given this morning
Alexander: We are well past that document and I would not believe anything it says at this point.
Bruno: you must know that we are working carefully together from conservatives to liberals to come up with a reflective document.
Alvarez: Several documents are flying around. none of them are right
Bates: How would you categorize the statement that you are going to give a full and complete statement or are you going to fudge?
Alexander: I believe we are going to give as full and forthright response as possible. What is important is that we have heard the request and we are responding as fully and completely and clearly as we possibly can.
Alvarez: We have been going carefully over each request carefully to give an answer that is clear.
Virtue: I have received a report there is the belief that there is enough fudge that the AC will split by the end of the year. There is the belief that TEC will not reverse itself.
Bruno: I do not have your information. I don’t have a comment because I do not have your information.
Alvarez: We have been addressing that question very carefully in our councils. We know that there are people who will not be in agreement with the majority but that does not mean that we can see a significant breakaway in TEC
Alexander: Our history has shown how tough our fabric is. Our recent history has been one of a hard pull on our fabric. But we are a tough bunch and I believe at the end of hte day the AC will find a way forward:
Chicago tribune: Are you in process of working out wording or still on a conceptual level. And what about the tone of the meeting, how is the feel of it?
Alexander: The tone has been good and frank both between bishops and between our guests. I would give the tone a really high mark. As to your first question. Where we are now is a place where a significant majority are finding a place to focus, the details are not worked out, but things are coming in focus
Bruno: there is good passion but we are coalescing around some specific ideas
Alvarez: the main theme of the documents go to answering with clarity the concerns expressed by the primates the ACC and clarifying our response from GC.
NPR: to Bruno, do you see any possibility of TEC reversing course with regard to sexuality issues?
Bruno: I don’t believe we’ll ever turn back the clock. We are not responding to that right now. WE are responding to what has been asked of us. As to whether we are going to withdraw our support for gay and lesbian people in the church. No they are fully franchised. Are we going to exacerbate the situation, no.
NPR: But specifically what about ssbs that are occurring in diocese…the communiqué wants them to stop.
BRUNO: as I said we are going to be dealing with the specific questions asked of us by the Communion
NYT: How is the communiqué different from the desires of conservatives who wish for you to reverse course on sexuality issues. Doesn’t the communiqué ask you to reverse course in the same way. How can you distinguish between what the conservatives want you to do and the Communique asks you to do?
Bruno: You have asked whether we will continue the process of General Convention. The fact is that we have never authorized same sex unions.
NYT: it happens on the diocesan level all the time.
NYT: But it happens in many dioceses on a private level. How do the questions of the communiqué differ from what conservatives want?
Bruno: I’ve answered it as best I can. If I were to answer it any more clearly we would break the promises we made in the house
Alexander: What the bishops are going to say must still be in the boundaries of what our church can do. We are a synodical church episcopally led. So we have constraints with regard to the way we do business. Take the requests of the primates with regard to ssbs…what can we say? What lies within the scope of our ability to declare? And what kind of interpretation can we give to the convention. That may seem overly nuanced but that is all we can do.
Bruno: be patient and wait
Alexander: I am encouraged by the work we have done here. our conversations have been frank but productive. We have come today and done a great days work. By tomorrow midday or early afternoon is that we will have a statement and I think it will be well received by the AC and the majority of TEC
Alvarez: this is another example of the quality of TEC and the way we deal with these things in an open way and no one is shut down. We listen to everyone and gather a consensus/
Bruno: the most important thing is that we do not walk from the table because when we walk away from conversation and relationship we walk away from what matters most in our lives?/??(flubbed that last quote…sorry)