This will bring a smile to your face. The Church Times in England are catching up with the Southwark story that we’ve been reporting on. Their reporter, Madeleine Davies, has written a helpful piece [paywall] covering the ground we’ve already set out. It ends with this hilarity:
On Wednesday, the Diocese of Southwark issued a statement: “The Bishop of Southwark is aware that the Declaration is circulating among members of the Diocesan Evangelical Union. He welcomes it as a significant contribution to the Facilitated Conversations.”
It’s a classic example of liberals doing the whole “we’re all talking nicely” thing while attempting to sidetrack the impending crisis. The reality is that the Facilitated Conversation programme in the CofE may be dead in the water before it even begins.
Besides, the leaders of the Southwark evangelical movement I have been talking to don’t want a facilitated conversation; they simply want the Bishop of Southwark to keep his consecration vows and uphold Biblical doctrine (i.e. the official position of the Church of England) and they don’t think there’s much discussion that needs to be had about it. The Bishop is not handling this well and I understand it won’t be long until the financial impact of his deleterious leadership will start to be apparent in the diocesan treasury.