Comments: more reports on Fort Worth

"The continuing but reorganised Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth will adopt an open-arms posture which will welcome back home those who have left the Church today, should they one day find they want once more to be part of the historic church which has functioned here since the mid-nineteenth century as part of the Episcopal Church". - The Steering Committe of North Texas Continuing Episcopalians -

This is a gracious statement issued by the loyal Episcopalians remaining faithful to their Mother Church in TEC. Although one regrets the necessity of having to make such a statement, it is in this spirit of generosity that some of the would-be departing members might be persuaded to think again about the enormity of what Bishop Iker and his followers are setting out to achieve by their move to the Southern Cone.

To set apart one's self from the ongoing work of justice in the Gospel is surely to become immune to the mission of the Church in our own day. To ally one's self to a programme of oppression of women and gays is to say that Jesus would show partiality to a new brand of Pharisaical dogmatism

We pray for the integrity of the 'Faithful Remnant' in the Diocese of Fort Worth; that it may continue the work of the Gospel in the local area, seeking to set aside the barriers of prejudice and hatred; through the grace of Jesus Christ our risen Lord. Amen

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Sunday, 16 November 2008 at 9:58am GMT

Though it is a shame it has come to this, this is in many ways a joyous day for the beleagured faithful Episcopalians in Fort Worth who simply want to be Episcopalians. Now they no longer have to deal with the strange extremists who have left to start their own church. Jack Iker is now only an ex-bishop with no authority over Episcopalians. Fort Worth can now join the mainstream of the National Episcopal Church. Meanwhile those of us in Dallas who are faithful Episcopalians will continue to be embarrassed by the anti-Episcopal Church message coming from our diocesan office and convention. Fort Worth is now free, and I am jealous. And I am sure women priests are soon to come. Thanks be to God!

Posted by Dallas Bob at Sunday, 16 November 2008 at 6:04pm GMT

"The New York Times has 'Diocese in Texas Leaves Episcopal Church'"

I'll give the schismatics this much: they've captured the narrative of even the (so-called) "liberal media". >:-(

Lord have mercy!

Posted by JCF at Sunday, 16 November 2008 at 8:37pm GMT

"We are for preserving the unity of the church and for mending the tear in the fabric of our beloved communion," said Iker"

"Unity" through schism, and "mending" through ripping: Big Brother would be so proud of you, xJack!

Posted by JCF at Monday, 17 November 2008 at 6:55am GMT

Iker's " beloved communion" now has a majority of provinces ordaining women to the priesthood, and 16 agreeing to women bishops.

Posted by Robert Ian Williams at Monday, 17 November 2008 at 6:56pm GMT
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