LEAC petition

LEAC has launched a petition to bring presentment charges against Bishop Robinson and his consecrators.

You can read their press release about this at PRELATES WHO INSTALLED GAY BISHOP FACE PETITION TO INDICT UNDER CHURCH LAW and the petition itself is a PDF file available here.

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lizw
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Oh, for crying out loud. Does anyone seriously believe that what is needed to improve this situation is litigation?

stephen bates
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stephen bates

I thought LEAC was supposed to be non-partisan and non-aligned. Have they got Abp Carey signed up to this one?

Cynthia
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Cynthia

The last attempt at presentment on this issue cost a great deal of time and money and at the end, the conclusion was that there was no case. This was against Bishop Righter, for ordaining a gay man to the priesthood. If LEAC wants to waste its own time and money on this silliness, let them, but let it stop short of costing the rest of us time and money.

Marc
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Marc

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any weirder…

Rev. Lois Keen
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Rev. Lois Keen

Re Cynthia’s hope ECUSA will not spend our time and money on this, that is precisely what is intended, that we continue to bankrupt ourselves defending ourselves against these charges. And to try to demoralize the church just before it’s General Convention 2006. I would like to believe they have the best interests of the Gospel in mind, but since LEAC evidently is alligned with those who believe we ourselves do not have the Gospel message in mind, I simply no longer can accord these my, our, brothers and sisters in Christ such pure motives. Holy Week is a cruel… Read more »

Cynthia
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Cynthia

Having had more time to read both the press release and the petition, I’d say that writing clear plain sentences in idiomatic English is not their forte either. “Ordainment,” for pity’s sake!

Marshall Scott
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Actually, I don’t think it’s wierd. I’m surprised it hasn’t happened before. That doesn’t mean I approve; I don’t. But I’m surprised that we’ve gotten this far without someone trying to make this a juridical issue within the Canons of the Episcopal Church. The timing is interesting. One of the major issues this General Convention, lost or buried in the face of the Communion and Windsor Report issues, is a major rewriting of the Canons respecting Discipline of Ministers. In addition, the Review Committee (under the current Canon IV) or its equivalent if the revisions pass, are all appointed at… Read more »

ruidh
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I thought LEAC was supposed to be non-partisan and non-aligned.

They lied.

Prior Aelred
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lizw —

What makes you believe that the intention is to “improve” the situation?

Only the most partisan person could pretend to believe that this is not about publicity & politics!

Is it possible for some body to dismiss this as a frivolous lawsuit without it costing TEC excessive time & money? I doubt it.

Leonardo Ricardo
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Leonardo Ricardo

This is more hatemongering dressed up as defense of Scripture (selective) and yet another attack on OUR Church’s inclusiveness and welcoming of ALL people at every level of Churchlife…The LEAC have selectively and visciously targeted LGBT people and our healthy minded/spirited heterosexual Christian friends/leaders in a ongoing and feardriven attempt to create SINFUL behavior where none exists. I hope Lord Carey isn’t thrilled with his latest joint venture with this gang of twisted thinking cronies and their ongoing righteous “work” that he “commends” to us…the combined negative action of ++Carey and his driven and insistant pals is a bottom line… Read more »

Jim Naughton
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You don’t need 10 bishops for a presentment. Or a petition. This group keeps jumping up and down shouting “Please pay attention to us,” and for some reason, people continue to oblige them.

D. C.
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Jim, I too first thought that LEAC was just jumping up and down looking for attention. But when I looked at the Canons, I concluded that at least tactically, LEAC seems to know exactly what it’s doing — and it could disrupt General Convention as a result. In a nutshell, if LEAC can find ten bishops with jurisdiction to play along, they could well be able to force a vote, in the House of Bishops, on a Statement of Disassociation with the notion that gays and lesbians can be ordained. See this posting for more details.

badman
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badman

The judgments in the Righter case can be read in full here: http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~lcrew/decision.html

Tobias S Haller BSG
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Tobias S Haller BSG

That is correct, D.C.; it is highly unlikely that the very bishops who voted to approve GRobinson will now turn around and state that they made a mistake, and a mistake which, by admitting it, would open them all to presentment on this charge. If, as expected, the HoB does *not* vote a Statement of Disassociation, LEAC will have (to their own mind) demonstrated the apostasy of the HoB. This may well be their real intent — to build up the steam for the schism. I don’t see it as tying up the GC. There are very, very, few bishops… Read more »

k1eranc
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k1eranc

I think Marshall Scott might have it in one. But I have a couple of questions. Do LEAC believe that +Robinson is an episcopus vagans, in much the way that, for example, David Chislett is regarded by the Anglican Church in Australia? The demand that the bishops who consecrated +Robinson should recant, repent etc seems to imply that his consecration was somehow deficient, and that his orders are a matter open to dispute. How can this be when there were 35 consecrating bishops? Have any members of LEAC ever experienced the ministry of +Robinson, or are any of them members… Read more »

Jim Naughton
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Maybe, DC. But the bishops who opposed Robinson’s consecration have been aware of this option for three years. If they use this as their fig leaf, we won’t be the only ones pointing out the weasly nature of their behavior. As for disruptions at GC, I think you can count on them. It would require a level of maturity not yet in evidence from the folks who have turned the sacramental acts of the church into point-scoring publcity stunts to keep that from happening. Perhaps a few lightning confirmations by Cavalcanti? Maybe an ordination at midnight by a visiting Nigerian… Read more »

drdanfee
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drdanfee

It all gets curioser and curioser and curioser. Remarks in summary of our current situation by soon to retire Diocese of California Bishop Swing can be read at this link: http://www.everyvoice.net. His article is called, The Episcopal Church In The Balance. Meanwhile, in an odd way I sort of welcome this strange and self-deluded LEAC effort. I have always had a hunch that the realignment campaign funders and leaders could get so carried away with themselves as the last remaining righteous believers on the planet, that they ended up making fools of themselves, at least some of the time. I… Read more »

Andrew Carey
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Andrew Carey

Just to clear up any confusion and any direct linkage between Lord Carey (my father) and this latest initiative by LEAC – there is none. My father supported the initiative of the survey and said that he believed those responsible for that could be trusted to handle the data responsibly. However, this does not imply any further connection on subsequent LEAC initiatives. I wish that people would try to be a little more responsible in their comments – many of you show yourself in your intemperance to be the mirror image of those you despise.

Yours,

Andrew

faithwatch
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faithwatch

Andrew, Thank you for pointing out that there is no direct linkage between LEAC’s latest initiative and Lord Carey. Is it true that your father was misled by LEAC in securing his support of the poll of bishops re: would they vote to consecrate +GRobinson today? Has Lord Carey made a public statement regarding his relationship to LEAC? Thank you for your comments. I appreciate your support of your father. I also respect Lord Carey, though I don’t always agree with him. I was surprised that Lord Carey would give his endorsemant to a group such as LEAC and involve… Read more »

RMF
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RMF

Andrew,
“Despise” is a bit strong
Among other things it suggests a definite insight.
Is that what you claim?

David Chillman
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David Chillman

Andrew Carey wrote: “Just to clear up any confusion and any direct linkage between Lord Carey (my father) and this latest initiative by LEAC – there is none.” But that still leaves a number of questions unanswered, doesn’t it? So there is not be a DIRECT linkage – does that mean that there is an indirect or unofficial link? Given that Lord Carey gave his name so willingly to the original survey, it is understandable that people should assume that he is in agreement with LEAC and their present actions. Is this the case? If not, surely he should say… Read more »

Andrew Carey
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Andrew Carey

Stop being mischievous David. The questions you pose are not even worth asking let alone answering. The support of one initiative does not imply the support of all initiatives of an organisation, as Stephen Bates sensibly and clearly recognised in a post above. The endorsement my father gave to LEAC was restricted to the survey and his trust that the men known to him would handle the data responsibly.

RMF
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RMF

The fable of the frog and the scorpion fording the river comes to mind.

Jim Naughton
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Andrew,

Thanks for this posting about your father. I never assumed any further connection between him and LEAC. I did want to ask though, given the LEAC press release, was he satisfied that the data was indeed used responsibly? As you are probably aware, many of us thought LEAC badly misrepresented its findings.

Jim Naughton

Marshall Scott
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One note, Tobias: if the complaint is “violation of ordination vows,” (as in the press release of LEAC) the current Canons only require three bishops, and no Statement of Disassociation. That applies only if the charge is persistently “teaching doctrine contrary to the doctrine of the Church.” (And the process for responding to that charge takes much, much longer!) However, this close to General Convention, and possible extensive revision of the disciplinary canons, I doubt if even three would seek a presentment. And even then, as I said, any action could be held until after General Convention. I have reacted… Read more »

David Huff
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Andrew, I’m as curious as Jim WRT whether your Dad was satisfied that the data from the LEAC survey was analyzed and presented correctly. After reading much about this issue, I have serious doubts about the results being unbiased (I actually visualized my old graduate Statistics & Research Methods professor chasing me out of the building, had I turned in a project like that 😉 And no, w/o any add’l info to the contrary, it’s certainly an unjustified leap of conjecture to assume that the former ABC supports all the actions of an organization just because he spoke in a… Read more »

Tobias S Haller BSG
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Tobias S Haller BSG

A further note: the amount of time consumed in bringing a presentment against a bishop on a charge of teaching false doctrine is measured in half-years. The earliest (as I read it) that a presentment could actually be brought would be some time in 2007: so this will not tie up the upcoming GC — there just isn’t time to get all the pieces into play, even assuming 10 bishops (with jurisdiction, mind) are willing to start the process. Now, having read the LEAC document again, I note they’ve woven in reference to violation of ordination vows. It isn’t entirely… Read more »

Tobias S Haller BSG
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Tobias S Haller BSG

Marshall, Thanks for your note about the alternative presentment route (for violation of ordination vows) which I proleptically addressed in my posting of the 13 of April! I do not think the LEAC folks are intending this route for the reason I mentioned — it isn’t clear Bishops come under that category of “offense” — though the language of the LEAC document is tortured at best, and I cannot say _what_ they are thinking! But they mentioned the need for 10 bishops, as well as the word “doctrine” — which is what steers me towards the process I addressed above.… Read more »

badman
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badman

Full marks to Andrew Carey for a fighting attempt to protect his father with a rewrite of history. In fact, Lord Carey went well beyond supporting what Andrew Carey describes as “the initiative of the [LEAC] survey” or saying “that he believed those responsible for that could be trusted to handle the data responsibly”. He described LEAC as “concerned Lay Episcopalians who wish their Church to remain faithful to Orthodox Christianity”. Furthermore, he did not merely endorse their survey (although he did do that “with enthusiasm”) nor did he merely suggest that they could be trusted to handle “the data”… Read more »

Cynthia
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Cynthia

Evidently other senior clergy in the C of E are also unhappy with Lord Carey’s ways. The Anglicans Online News Centre reports that a letter publically asking him to cease and desist is forthcoming. One supposes – as a mere American – that those who occupy the office of Archbishop of Canterbury are aware of the fate of their noble – but meddlesone – predecessor, Thomas a Becket … a public letter is so much kinder than what happened to Thomas.

faithwatch
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faithwatch

Tobias said:
“But then you have the odd problem of people charging someone with violating ordination vows they say he never should have taken.

The mind reels.”

My mind is rockin’ and rollin’. Where do the Network priests who have deserted TEC fit in? Didn’t they violate their ordination vows? I know that in my diocese there are priests who are anything but obedient to our very conservative bishop. They don’t seem to mind having broken their ordination vows. Aren’t they in support of LEAC?

Dave
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Dave

Good for LEAC ! It may be useless in liberal dominated ECUSA to attempt presentments against Bishops who knowingly chose to participate in the “consecration” of someone who was clearly excluded – according to their own church’s canons, and according to the Canon of Scripture – but it does makes a very clear point. ECUSA ran roughshod not only over the teachings of Christ and the Apostles, 2000 years of Christian morality, and the recent decisions of the Communion’s Bishops – they even ignored their own canons, liturgy (GR was living in a sexual relationship not blessed by the church)… Read more »

Dave
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Dave

Dear Faithwatch, Here’s a thought..

Ordination vows are ultimately to Christ. Bishops are only the tenants of His episcopal seat. St Paul condemned, in extremely strong terms, church leaders who lead people astray and/or followed their own imaginings. I don’t think that even bishops can claim any authority if they won’t remain under Christ’s..

Tobias S Haller BSG
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Tobias S Haller BSG

Dave, Bishop Robinson’s election and the process of consent was completely in accord with the canonical and constitutional processes of The Episcopal Church. No church canons were violated. The Primates, in their communication from Dromantine, noted that in some of the provinces (England is an example) there would have been a canonical problem such as you suggest. But this is not true in the Episcopal Church.

You may well feel justified in the rest of your claims, but in this (limited) regard you are mistaken.