Monday, 3 March 2008

more US news updates

Updated Monday evening

Following on from last week,

The Bishop of Fort Worth spoke to the Living Church about the American House of Bishops:

…Bishop Jack Leo Iker of Fort Worth said he was “disheartened” that to date he has been “unable to secure a future, safe place for this diocese within The Episcopal Church,” and “saddened by the fact that the HOB has been unwilling to make adequate provision for us in response to our appeal for alternative primatial oversight.”

Bishop Iker described the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church as a “toxic environment,” and said he will not be attending the meeting at Camp Allen March 7-16.

“In recent years I have increasingly dreaded the thought of attending another meeting of the House of Bishops of TEC,” he said. “For me, the small-group table discussions are places of hostile confrontation, not support and affirmation.”

Addendum The comments at this blog entry here include remarks by Bishop Iker.

The Bishop of Central Florida and the Bishop of Western Louisiana also spoke to the Living Church about the “Anglican Bishops in Communion” proposal:

The House of Bishops will receive an informal presentation on the “Anglican Bishops in Communion” proposal that was shared with Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori during a 50-minute meeting on Feb. 21 at the Episcopal Church Center. The House of Bishops meets March 7-13 at Camp Allen in the Diocese of Texas.

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori expressed no objections to the plan during the meeting, according to bishops John W. Howe of Central Florida and D. Bruce MacPherson of Western Louisiana, who met with Bishop Jefferts Schori. The Bishops in Communion plan is a modified version of the “Episcopal Visitor” concept announced by Bishop Jefferts Schori during the fall House of Bishops’ meeting in New Orleans. It includes a commitment to abide by existing canon law of The Episcopal Church…

Still no mention of this matter by Episcopal News Service.

And another story, about the Bishop of Pennsylvania who has been inhibited: Church sets trial date for suspended bishop.

Monday evening update

There is now an Episcopal News Service report on Bishop Bennison’s forthcoming trial.

The Diocese of Fort Worth tonight released “a procedure to be followed if a parish wishes to initiate a separation from the diocese”, see Bishop and Standing Committee release Guidelines for diocesan Canon 32:

The Guidelines set out a procedure to be followed if a parish wishes to initiate a separation from the diocese. They were prepared after consideration was given to specific concerns raised at deanery covocations and at the Convention. As much as possible, these concerns have been taken into consideration as the Guidelines were drafted.

The leadership of this diocese has watched with sadness as issues and attitudes have caused deepening differences at all levels in the Anglican Communion. Adding to this rupture of the bonds of affection are the growing numbers of lawsuits being filed by those who once were unified in faithful witness and ministry. “Disagreement and division may be inevitable,” commented Dean Ryan Reed, President of the Standing Committee, “but Christian charity must not be sacrified in the process.” The purpose of the Canon and the Guidelines is to provide for a charitable parting, if parting is necessary…

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Monday, 3 March 2008 at 8:57am GMT | TrackBack
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Bishop Iker described the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church as a “toxic environment,” "the small-group table discussions are places of hostile confrontation"

Translation: "The HofB fails to give me hive-mind support for my schism!"

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"The Bishops in Communion plan is a modified version of the “Episcopal Visitor” concept"

"Modified" to give ultimate (temporal) authority to Primates outside of TEC? Fuhgeddaboutit! >:-/

[NB--- I think that the bishops who "informed" ++KJS of the “Anglican Bishops in Communion” plan, will find that her "no objections" roughly equals that of her "sign off" onto the (execrable!) Dar Es Salaam scheme of a year ago: i.e., "Go ahead and present it to the HofB, just don't be surprised at---nor expect *me* to cry over---their collective 'Hell, NO!'" ;-/]

Posted by: JCF on Monday, 3 March 2008 at 8:19pm GMT
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