Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Pittsburgh feathers ruffled

The Diocese of Pittsburgh has this announcement:

Bishop Duncan’s Attorney Protests Lack of Response from The Episcopal Church Document Actions

In a letter sent March 28, John H. Lewis, Jr., attorney for Bishop Robert Duncan, protests the behavior of The Episcopal Church’s national office. He notes that not only has there been no response to Bishop Duncan’s March 14 statement that he considers himself “fully subject to the doctrine, discipline and worship of this church,” but that The Episcopal Church’s national office has neglected to distribute Bishop Duncan’s letter and other information to House of Bishops.

Lewis goes on to note what appears to be “the deliberate failure of The Presiding Bishop to follow the Canons” in the purported depositions of Bishops William J. Cox and John-David Schofield.

The full text of Lewis’ letter is available here (pdf).

Update: Bishop Robert Duncan, Bishop Henry Scriven and Melanie Contz began again receiving emails from the House of Bishops at approximately 1 pm on Monday, March 31. Bishop Duncan’s March 14 response to the Presiding Bishop has also been added to the College for Bishops website.

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So he wanted a response during Holy Week or Easter Week? Are you kidding me?

Apparently those weeks mean nothing to Bishop Duncan and his lawyer...

Amazing.

Posted by: Rev. Kurt on Tuesday, 1 April 2008 at 4:41pm BST

+Bob of Quittsburgh protests too much. Obviously, he has to be the center of attention, given the accolades he gets from certain GS primates who have elevated him to the position of PB of the New Anglican Province of N. America. It seems to have gone to his head and clouded his good judgment.

Posted by: John Henry on Tuesday, 1 April 2008 at 6:22pm BST

[Ah, Rev. Kurt, you beat me to it.]

See, ?Bob, it's like this: in TEC, we are CHRISTIANS, so celebrating the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Our Lord takes a certain precedence with us...

Posted by: JCF on Tuesday, 1 April 2008 at 6:27pm BST

Praise be. Duncan, Scriven and Contz have had their HoB e-mail distribution restored. Once again they can argue and scheme in common cause over whether to:
(a) ignore the e-mail;
(b) criticize the apostate author of the e-mail on grounds unrelated to the message; or
(c) lambaste the content of the e-mail as being in violation of the Constitution and Canons of a Church that they are leaving.

Posted by: Robert on Tuesday, 1 April 2008 at 8:33pm BST

Theres one thingworse than being talked about, it's not being talked about..Oscar Wilde

Posted by: Robert Ian Williams on Wednesday, 2 April 2008 at 6:21am BST

Presumably the Presiding Bishop and her staff, whilst keeping Holy Week, were also waiting for a detailed and written response from Bishop Duncan (and Bishop Scriven?) and have now been informed that his 14th March 'statement' constituted that in HIS eyes. It's rather like the accused pleading 'not guilty' and then failing to present a defence.

Posted by: Commentator on Wednesday, 2 April 2008 at 8:55am BST
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