Posted as a comment on Grandmère Mimi's
WOUND UP BIRD blog.
Williams' command that Schori was not to wear her marks of office (mitre) when presiding at Southwark the other day, is a denial of her episcopal standing. A bishop is the office holder of the church through whom all communions under their authority are validated. As a priest, I cannot legally and authentically recite the eucharistic prayer without the authority of a specific bishop. In theory I am merely an extension of the bishop to allow all his or her flock to receive communion. (This is standard catholic ecclesiology and cannot be argued with by anybody who calls themselves episcopal). Therefore, Williams is de facto stating that he is not in communion with the prime bishop of TEC. Therefore, he is saying that he is not in communion with TEC. Therefore, as prime bishop in the Anglican communion he is stating that TEC are not in communion with the Anglican Communion.
So, what is everybody arguing about?
The deed is done already.