Friday, July 18, 2008

Presiding Bishop–no compromise

From George Conger [boldface mine]:

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has rebuffed pleas for compromise from conservatives and rejected calls for the American Church’s House of Bishops to revisit the cases of deposed Bishops John-David Schofield and William Cox, saying the matter is closed.

“I have no ability to reverse or set aside any decision of the House of Bishops, nor does the House once the meeting [of bishops] is adjourned,” Bishop Schori wrote to the Diocese of Central Florida on June 2. However, should the two bishops “wish to re-enter” the Episcopal Church and “seek reinstatement, that is eminently possible,” she said.

Central Florida and four other American dioceses have objected to the procedural irregularities used to remove the two bishops saying it violated canon law. Questions over the legality of the proceedings have dogged the Presiding Bishop after it was revealed she neglected to follow the canons governing proceedings.

A legal justification of the House of Bishops’ actions by the Bishop of Lexington, the Rt.Rev. Stacy Sauls, released last month failed to quell the objections, and failed to ease concerns the Presiding Bishop would continue to use laws created to govern the secession of clergy to the Roman Catholic church to enact her political agenda for the church.

Central Florida, South Carolina, Springfield, Western Louisiana, and Northern Indiana has asked the bishops to conform to canon law in any further proceedings. Bishop Schori has stated she will bring Bishop Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh to trial in September for violating church canons.

Requests by conservative bishops that the Presiding Bishop bring the Bishop of California, Marc Andrus, and the retired Bishop of Northern California, Jerry Lamb—who presently serves as the acting bishop of the new diocese of San Joaquin organized by National Church—have been ignored, The Church of England Newspaper was told last month. . .

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1 comment:

Hening said...

Yesterday, while traveling through Northampton MA, I spotted a beautiful church. It was St. John's, an Episcopal church that was designed in a neo-Gothic motif. From the left of the portal flapped an American flag in the breeze, with its rich colors providing a contrast to the monotone carved stone of the facade. To the right of the portal flew the homosexual rainbow flag, providing a theological contrast to the facade of this structure having anything to do with Christ's church.

Watching that homosexual flag flutter in the breeze as a symbol of the mark of sin over the church brought a deep sorrow. I know the Bishop of Western MA, who is a good man and follower of Christ, so why would he allow this travesty? In other parts of the globe, greater minds than mine meet to try and save the church from becoming a punch-line, yet it appears that the battle has already been lost in Northampton. Here the homosexual flag flies over a church in victory over the displacing of Christ from his bride and those who live in Him. The sum total of differences between the American flag, the Christian church and the homosexual flag are extreme, yet now they are all brought together in defiance to Christ and biblical truth. The distorted behavior and appetite of homosexuals is now claimed as normality with this sin spangled banner being stuck on an Episcopal church. It is a fittingly pathetic symbol for the hill the presiding Bishop and her minions which to die upon.