Bishop Peter Beckwith of Springfield, Illinois, got an honorable mention in the "London Times" this week. He told Ruth Gledhill of the Times: "In my Bible study group I apologized for the behavior of our province that has brought us to the brink of schism. Two hundred and seventy bishops are not here because they refuse to sit down with people who refuse to repent. Gene Robinson's lifestyle is not appropriate for a leader of the Church. Sure he's a bishop, we ordained him. But that says something about our integrity.
On the second day of our retreat, I had the feeling we were on the edge of a 10-storey building and the Archbishop of Canterbury was trying to talk us down without a safety net. He's a wonderful guy, with a lot of integrity but he assumes everyone else has integrity too. The Episcopal Church is not representing the scriptural authority of Christ. In the Episcopal Church, the biggest lie of all is that sexual morality doesn't matter, or that it's changing, that God is doing a new thing. Yet prophetic voices in our history have always taken us back to basics. It will be very interesting to see how things develop here. Will enough be done to preserve the integrity of the Communion? We won't hold together if we continue like this. It will end with a lot of fragments if this conference isn't able to give a strong confident way forward. In the meeting with the Southern Cone, they were concerned to send a strong signal from this gathering that the Anglican Communion is going to stand for Orthodoxy. It was said in that meeting that the Western Church says things that are not Anglican and not Christian. But, as the Archbishop of Sudan has said, we can't predict the future. We have to wait and see. The proof will be in the pudding. The time for procrastination and equivocation is over."