ACNA’s Task Force on Holy Orders

The Anglican Church in North America has announced a phased process of considering Holy Orders as sort of a higher level project which at a lower level will address women’s ordination. The composition of the Task Force on Holy Orders and their presumptive positions on women’s ordination is as follows:

Rt. Rev. David Hicks, REC Diocese of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic – Against
Rt. Rev. Kevin Allen, Diocese of Cascadia – For
Mrs. Katherine Atwood, Diocese of Ft. Worth – Unknown
The Rev. Dr. Leslie Fairfield, Diocese in New England, Trinity Seminary (Ret.) – For
The Rev. Canon Mary Hays, Diocese of Pittsburgh – For
The Rev. Tobias Karlowicz, Diocese of Quincy – Against
The Rt. Rev. Eric Menees, Diocese of San Joaquin – Against

If you know differently about where these individuals stand, please leave a comment and let me know.
 The ACNA press release goes on to outline four more phases of this process. I haven’t seen any timeline for these phases, so I have no idea how long this process could take. I imagine it will take at least two years to get through all these phases, but I could be wrong.
The Task Force is supposed to report its findings out to something called the FCA International Theological Commission (ITC), which I have never heard of, but sounds like it was modeled on this Vatican Commission. Who sits on the ITC? I don’t know. It’s a good avenue for questioning to FCA authorities.
So, assume for a minute that a narrow majority recommends some restriction or elimination of women’s ordination – there would still be numerous gates to go through. The ITC could reject this report. If the ITC approves it, the College of Bishops could presumably table it or reject it. Over at Titus One Nine, a good flurry of comments ensued on this issue. The consensus of the comments seems to be that nothing much will happen. For example:

I would suspect that ACNA’s leadership knows exactly how the theological report (if fairly done) will come out.  Indeed, pretty much any minimally informed person will know how this report will come out:  there are good arguments pro and con, and there is no clear resolution.  Therefore, ACNA will continue its current practice as it is the best possible solution to a theologically incoherent problem.  In this way, the non-WO activists can be partially mollified, or at least, they can no longer complain about the lack of any theological study.  And at the same time, ACNA can continue on its current policy but on a stronger footing.

This seems likely to me given the makeup of ACNA and the practice of many of the Provinces that make up the FCA. I can envision an attempt to do what AMiA did, which is to attempt a Solomonic “Two Integrities” approach with different shell organizations at the top level for different priests. The question at that point will be whether groups like the REC and FiFNA can live with this as a permanent solution.

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