In a surprise move, several retired archbishops of the Anglican Church of Canada spoke out against resolutions at the upcoming General Synod 2007 regarding revision of liturgical texts:
“We are deeply concerned that ongoing study … will only continue to draw us away from issues which are gradually destroying God's creation – child poverty, racism, global warming, economic injustice, concern for our aboriginal brothers and sisters, and the growing disparity between the rich and the poor.”
from the Globe & Mail
Speaking of a resolution which would have directed the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee to engage in preparing principles and an agenda for revision of liturgical texts [Resolution 226], the Archbishops were concerned that ongoing study of such matters as the size and colour of prayer books, along with the expenses involved in such a project, would seriously hinder any Faith or Ministry, leaving out 2/3 of the Committee's mandate. Rev. Eustace Smithley-Jones, the Communications Officer for the Anglican Church of Canada, clarified comments which were misconstrued by the Globe and Mail.
"What they were really saying, you see, was that if you want to do something about all this important stuff that needs doing, but which people like myself only hire other people to do, you see, if you know what I mean, is that the general principle should apply across the board, in such a way that all that sort of study stuff really prevents us from carrying on the mission of the church to the world, which is in desperate need of new Anglican Prayer Books and BAS's and more liturgical texts in order to cure systemic problems of injustice and having a bunch of eggheads sit around and design dance patterns for newly ordained deacons just won't cut it in this age of the information highway and postmodernism and all that sort of thing", said the Communications Officer in a clarifying statement.
Many members of the Liturgical Text and Dance Revision Ensemble were sorry to hear the news, and expressed dismay that the Liturgy for the Blessing of a Mini-Van would be put on hold for another three years. However, they also understood the logic of the Archbishops' request: thinking causes poverty.