How quickly the future catches up with us and overwhelms our most carefully constructed strategies! It is a mere twenty years since an Archbishop of Canterbury was agonising about how a Lambeth Conference could accommodate both women bishops and their episcopal opponents.
Who would have thought that his successor would now be caught up in a dispute about not offering invitations to the same sex spouses of bishops of both sexes? But that is the case. And of course, there will be more of the same.
How many years before the crisis will have moved on – to tensions, for example, about whether or not to invite the gay bishop-spouses of those same homosexual bishops? The salami slicer of ever more liberal theology will not stop until the Anglican Compromise (aka the Anglican Communion) has been eviscerated of all theological content.