Thursday, August 07, 2008

The +Mathes/++Venables cage match

Okay, so I'm a little behind and am still catching up, but here is the letter from Bishop James Mathes to the Diocese of San Diego in which he avers that ++Gregory Venables apologized for incursions into San Diego:

July 31, 2008
Ignatius of Loyola

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I know many of you have felt frustrated by the slow progress of the discussions at Lambeth, so I want to share with you immediately an important step toward healing that occurred Wednesday morning.

Over breakfast, Gregory Venables, Presiding Bishop of the Church of the Southern Cone, apologized for not contacting me before making incursions into the Diocese of San Diego. Over the past two years, Bishop Venables together with Bishop Frank Lyons of the same province, have made numerous episcopal visits to our diocese without my knowledge or consent. I was heartened by his apology and relieved to hear him say he had not received either of the two letters I had sent protesting these actions and outlining the harm they caused to the church here in San Diego. Previously, I had taken his silence to mean his actions were intentional.

In light of these new developments, I have proposed that we continue discussing how to mend the tear these incursions have caused in our diocese. I am in preliminary conversations with Richard Blackburn of the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center as a possible mediator for these discussions. I'm delighted to say that Bishop Venables has agreed to consider such a plan and we will be meeting for breakfast tomorrow to discuss it further.

This kind of mutual walking towards each other and entering into respectful dialogue is exactly what the Archbishop of Canterbury has called us to over the past two weeks. Please pray that this, and other breakthroughs of generous love, will be the true fruit of this conference.


James R. Mathes
Bishop of San Diego

To which Archbishop Venables responded:
I met with Bp Mathes as I have met with many people during the conference and during the conversation mentioned that I was sorry I hadn’t taken the trouble to tell him what we were doing and why.

And then we have ++Venables in his own words, thanks to Kevin Kallsen at AnglicanTV:

So I think we can rest assured that San Diego Anglican churches under ++Venables are under godly leadership that is leading them forward.

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