Comments: Fort Worth moves forward

re "Diocese Releases Four Parishes"

This is another one of those "Fog in Channel, Continent Cut Off" headlines again, isn't it? ;-/

[Seriously: how much better a human interest story could xJack have had, w/ "New church scouts out store-fronts"? It's not my place to give Iker advice, but I'm just sayin'...]

Posted by JCF at Friday, 6 February 2009 at 7:49pm GMT

'Gamekeeper turned poacher releases 4 rabbits that didn't get caught in his snares.'

for rabbits read parishes!!

'I didn't want to catch them anyway' says poacher 'they had theological myxymotosis'.

Posted by dodgey_vicar at Saturday, 7 February 2009 at 10:03am GMT

At the moment I read about Iker and company's latest - the allegedly high and mighty releasing of parishes over which he de facto canonically relinquished episcopal supervision when he left TEC - I could not help but think again that maybe, maybe, maybe (at least some times in some places), the very conservative believers are helping us wear out the endless repeats of the standard antigay stuff. Antigay stuff gets used to explain and/or justify almost anything that Iker and other realignment movers and shakers say they are compelled to do. A solid religious reason to switch names on old trust funds, trash talk almost anybody who dissents from pat conservative biblicisms, threaten via an arch-modern That So Gay guilt by association any straight allies, and lots else. So it seems.

Antigay stuff gets used to enact that ethics 101 class bugaboo, ends justify means ethics. What doesn't the standard antigay stuff get used to explain and justify on the global Anglican rights?

So. Today, at this moment only. Thanks xJack for the help. The sooner we wear this stuff out by repeating it constantly as one of the core reasons we have do meanness and trash talk big tent Anglican others, the sooner we continuing Anglicans can get back to big tent Anglican prayer, praise, witness, and Tikkun Olam service. Be careful what U wish for, xJack. U just may get it. Long live Elizabeth I. I'll take her Settlement any day, over the antigay stuff.

Posted by drdanfee at Saturday, 7 February 2009 at 7:32pm GMT

I find it hard to believe that xIker will be praying for the "released" parishes. It's like some people in Pittsburgh thinking the Anglican Diocese wishes only the best for TEC loyal parishes. If that were the case why do they want to replace us as the authentic expression of Anglicanism in the US?

So much good will when your being a thief!!!

Posted by BobinSWPA at Saturday, 7 February 2009 at 11:20pm GMT

This is an example of the self deception of
Jack Iker.

A man who discounts women as priests and yet aligns with a province and a denomination which allows it.

A man who takes the moral high ground and heads a diocese rifddled with re-married divorcees.

Posted by Robert Ian williams at Sunday, 8 February 2009 at 7:11am GMT

This is a wonderful milestone for the Faithful Remnant of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas. The 450 people gathered for his election as Diocesan must have been heartened by the tremendous degree of support he has received for his faithful oversight as a Bishop in good standing in TEC.

I pray that today's Eucharist, with Presiding Bishop Katharine, will be a joyous and heartfelt celebration of Christ's love for those who have remained faithful to the prophetic calling of the Episcopal Church in North America and beyond. May God richly bless you all for your patience and love! Deo gratias! Greetings from Aotearoa/NZ

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Sunday, 8 February 2009 at 10:02am GMT
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