...Broadly speaking, the replies can be broken down into three categories:
Provinces that agree with the conclusions of the JSC Report that the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops has provided the necessary clarifications and assurances on the General Convention responses to issues raised in the Windsor Report (12 Provinces).
Provinces that disagree with the conclusions of the JSC Report, in that the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops has not responded unequivocally to the Primates’ requests as laid out in the Dar es Salaam Communiqué (10 Provinces). All of the Provinces that have responded negatively to the conclusions of the JSC Report belong to the Global South alliance. Many of these Primates have commented that apart from a change in the form of words used by the HoB, there does not seem to be any change in direction by the Episcopal Church. There seems to be a distinction between (a) and (b) in that the former have looked for the spirit of the HoB’s communiqué (and the JSC’s analysis), whilst the latter have looked more closely at their language.
Provinces where the response to the JSC Report is mixed (2 Provinces):
* There is a wide range of views within the Province, with a marginal preponderance that endorse the conclusions of the JSC Report.
* The Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops response is not wholly satisfactory in regard to issues concerning public rites of blessing for same-sex unions. However, the Province has responded positively to the clarification given in regard to elections to the episcopate and to the Joint Staff Council’s conclusions concerning issues of pastoral care.
5. The Provinces where a response has not yet been received can be categorised as follows:
CAPA Provinces (3) – the Archbishop of Central Africa retired in September, and the primacy is vacant at present. The (retired) Archbishop of Central Africa was a signatory of the recent CAPA communiqué, as were the Provincial representatives from the two remaining CAPA Provinces where a reply has not yet been received (the Archbishop of Sudan is currently in hospital, and is due to retire at the end of this year).
South and Central American Provinces (2)
United Churches (3)
Other Provinces (4) although the Primate of one of these is on the JSC.
6. Many of the Primates have consulted widely, with their House of Bishops or at General Synod. A number intend to do so at the next meeting of their House of Bishops. A few have commented that in the time available, they were not able to consult as widely as they would have wished.