TEC House of Bishops’ recent rejection of the Anglican Primates’ request for a "primitial vicar" to help those parishes which could not stomach the church’s left-wing agenda is an illustration of how it’s easier to tell others to be internationalists than to be one yourself.
Liberals–and not just Episcopal ones either–have been telling the rest of us for years that we should be better "internationalists," heeding super-national authorities such as the UN. They criticise the Bush Administration’s unilateralism in Iraq (they also criticised his multi-lateral approach to North Korea!)
But now that a very international body has told TEC to have some regard for those to disagree with them, they reject the call because it impinges their "national sovereignty" (or the TEC’s equivalent thereof.) Sounds like the Bush Administration’s playbook if you ask me.
Back when the UK "ruled the waves," sometimes people found they also "waived the rules." Sounds like the "English church" in the U.S. (for the moment, at least) is trying the same thing. If, as Emerson said, consistency was the hobgoblin of little minds, liberals must be geniuses. But they are unreliable ones.