Comments: update on Fort Worth

Which greatly in my mind reduces the question to basics - changes there have been, several, but which changes are worthy of the name Christian?

Those promoting the 10 Commandments + the 2 kainä entoläs ones of the NT: Love God with all your might and you Neighbour as yourself, or those promoting something else ;=)

Posted by Göran Koch-Swahne at Saturday, 6 December 2008 at 5:26pm GMT

The shining gold in the Iker Ft W business is that the door is now procedurally open for an earlier reorganization of a continuing TEC diocese, as Iker now clearly says he is SC and nothing at all to do with TEC. He may have shot himself in the foot with that one, long-term, though of course he will deny seeing that he has done so.

Expect court law suits over property and so forth to begin shortly in Texas, as Iker is as like to be as grabby as SanJ or PBRGH before him. As interventions go, this one is proceeding nicely - instead of Iker pulling everybody else into rightwing religious antigay antiwomen addiction with him, he at least is taking his mean streaks to that home of the rightwing meanies away from home, Southern Cone. Has Venebles any idea at all of the company he is keeping as an Anglican icon of newly invigorated antigay antiwomen animosities? Next stops, CoE and other parts.

Posted by drdanfee at Monday, 8 December 2008 at 7:02pm GMT

I wish that the PB hadn't worded the notice about Bp. Iker so that it was possible to interpret it as if he had written her and said, "I want to renounce my orders." I buy the argument that by saying he's gone over to the SC and denying any canonical authority on the part of PECUSA he effectively *did* renounce his orders - I just wish that she had phrased it that way.

Posted by BillyD at Tuesday, 9 December 2008 at 2:29am GMT

"We wonder by what authority the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States presumes to inhibit a bishop of the Province of the Southern Cone. We do not recognize the authority of the Presiding Bishop over us. We regret this illegal, unconstitutional, and
uncanonical attempt to interfere with the rights and ministry of a diocese of another province of
the Anglican Communion. We call upon her to desist from any further actions in our diocese and
that she refrain from any further border crossing"
- The Rev. Dr. Thomas Hightower, President, The Standing Committee of Forth Worth Dio., S.C. -

This statement made by a spokesperson for the former Bishop of Fort Worth, Jack Iker, makes the point that Iker no longer considers himself a part of TEC, thus rendering his inhibition from exercising an episocpal role in the Diocese of Fort Worth within TEC un-necessary. However, we can't leave the tidying-up process to the whim of a schismatic former bishop. Therefore, the P.B. had to formally recognise his position as 'persona non grata' within TEC.

The term 'de facto' has now - in the case of Bp. Iker's position 'on the outer' - become de jure. Full stop. He has burnt his boats, and fled to S.C. May his new primate-of-choice now make the best use of him, in whatever way he can.

Thank God for the Faithful Remnant of the Fort Worth Diocese in TEC.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Wednesday, 10 December 2008 at 8:30am GMT
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