Thank you for allowing me and the Network team to join you this morning. It is good to see so many friends and acquaintances; and it is always good to be among brothers and sisters in Christ. I am pleased to have the opportunity to address you and the matters of theology and ecclesiology, of faith and order, that are before you in this Commission, before us in the Episcopal Church (USA), and that are before our entire Anglican Communion.
Allow me also to begin by saying how sad I am to be here. I want you to know how grieved I am to be testifying against my own Presiding Bishop, and against other leaders of my Church. I want you to know how heartbroken I am that the Church which formed me from the cradle, within which I gave my life to Christ as a teenager, and to which I
vowed service in Holy Orders more than 30 years ago has arrived at its breaking point and my own.
Bishop Ben Kwashi of Jos, Nigeria, has recently written about what he has called “the doctrinal and structural collapse of the Episcopal Church.” This is a very helpful phrase: the doctrinal and structural collapse of the Episcopal Church. Like Manhattan’s twin towers in the first hour after the unthinkable had happened, the appearance was that of steel and glass mostly intact. Yet unseen, under the façade, the inner core was inexorably melting away. That is what we who address you this morning believe is the current state of our beloved Church in this Province. Moreover, it is our contention that, as the inner skeleton of the Episcopal Church weakens and fails under the immense stress put upon it by the fatal (twin, I might add) synodical decisions of last summer, damage is threatened to all the structures around it – to the other provinces of the Anglican Communion – and to the infra-structure of the whole Communion, and of the nation, within which it has so proudly (dare I sat, dominantly?) stood.