Really now, did you expect a different outcome?
A final vote of 128 to 63 certainly cannot be considered a close vote.
Well, that's not what the vote was. Voting in the house of deputies, on important issues, is one of the more obscure systems out there. Someone has added two separate votes together and counted them wrongly to begin with.
I believe that the crucial vote was actually 63 consents vs. 54 needed. "Divideds" are actually counted as "nos",; either
the clergy or the laity can fail to pass, in which case the proposition fails.
It is readily apparent from past actions that the bishops do not have the backbone to stand up against the laity, and that they long ago forgot that their PRIMARY duty as bishops is to PROTECT the church against the worldly ideas of the laity.
Tom, I don't think you understand the dynamics of the situation.
Mainline Protestant bodies don't work this way. Innovations come from the clergy, not from the laity; typically it's the laity who are holding the clergy-- and especially the bishops-- in check.
See, that's the downside of episcopal polity. The Episcopal Church has a polity at GC which is half episcopal and half presbyterian. It is the presbyterian side which prevents the church from running completely amok. If our polity looked like Orthodox church polity, the Episcopal church would have had women clergy in the '60s and homosexual marriages in the '80s. They would have been chucked out of the communion, of course, but the bishops, like a bunch Old Calendarists, would not have cared (except for having lost influence on the rest of the world), because they would have been "RIGHT"
It is the laity (and to a lesser extent, the lower clergy) who have held them in check. I'm going to guess that the vote in the House of Bishops is going to heavily favor Robinson, because that has been the pattern.
I think you are believing in an immunity in your own situation that is less real than you imagine. It takes no leap of deduction to surmise that some Orthodox church in the USA will eventually take the same steps that are being taken in the ECUSA. They will, of course, cease to be "Orthodox", bu the fact is that as soon as the bishops cease to discipline each other, your churches have no restraint to hold them back.
With all due respect Keble, don't you think that it is time to vote with your feet and leave this new-age church? You and your family have an open invitation from Niki and I to join us at St. Sophia anytime!
Well, if it came to that, I'd go to St. Nick's first-- they know me there and the music is, after all, Russian.
Besides, voting with your feet is so---- Baptist. Where's your sense of polity?