Bishop Henry Parsley of Alabama: Bishops didn’t reject Anglicans’ request
Many readers of this blog no doubt have read the article in the New York Times about the outcome of the meeting of the Episcopal bishops sin New Orleans. If you have not seen it yet, this is the response of Bishop Henry Parsley of Alabama to that article, appearing as a letter in the Birmingham News today and titled “Bishops didn’t reject Anglicans’ request”:
I am writing to call attention to the inaccuracy and distortion of the article “Episcopal bishops reject Anglican demands” (The News, Wednesday) from the New York Times News Service about the meeting of the Episcopal House of Bishops. The bishops did not reject the requests of our Anglican partners. We responded with great care, and the truth is, our response takes significant positive steps for the sake of our interdependence and unity in the Anglican Communion.
The article only quoted people who have a divisive agenda and whose assessment of the House of Bishops meeting is intentionally misleading. No one from The News attempted to call me or my office to ask for our view of the bishops’ work before publishing this front-page article. Not a single bishop present at the meeting is quoted. This is disappointing and biased journalism. It is harmful to the church and to the commonwealth.
The meeting of the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church included a spirit of compromise and sacrifice for the good of the Anglican Communion, as well as an affirmation of our church’s commitment under God to love and respect the dignity of every human being. I hope our Anglican friends, and maybe even The News, will recognize this in the months to come.
Henry N. Parsley
Episcopal Bishop of Alabama
I guess Bishop Parsley and the New York Times are certainly in disagreement about this matter, which I don’t think happens very often!