The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada last month, attempting to maintain Anglican unity, tried compromise. Unfortunately, synod was rebuffed.
Synod agreed at this time not to affirm that dioceses have the authority and jurisdiction to authorize the blessing of committed same sex unions.
This was a concession to the opponents of the blessing and the wider Anglican Communion. It was a step back, especially after the American Episcopal Church voted to formally endorse `local option.'
And what did compromise gain?
Not to completely disappoint gays and lesbian Anglicans who have been seeking full inclusion in the Church for years, the synod affirmed "the integrity and sanctity of committed adult same sex relationships."
"Sanctity" was being used in a pastoral not a doctrinal sense. It was saying homosexual couples can act in a loving, Christian way toward each other - as many do.
It does seem that some people just want to fight over this issue endlessly. Is all this getting anybody anywhere? Isn't it time to take a break?