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A Great Friday for Ft Worth and Bad Friday for TEC

April 18th, 2014 Jill Posted in TEC Comments Off

Bishop Jack IkerFrom Anglican Ink

TEC suffers third loss in Texas Supreme Court

First came the ruling against TEC in the direct appeal we brought to the Texas Supreme Court, issued on August 30. Second came the denial of TEC’s request for the court to rehear (or reconsider) that ruling. And now comes their third loss, on April 17. The high court has denied TEC’s motion to recall the mandate it sent to the trial court, which would have “stayed the proceedings” (stopped the legal process in Texas) while they try to get a review of our case from the U.S Supreme Court. Apparently the state Justices agreed with our attorneys that it is highly unlikely the U.S. Supreme Court will review the case at this stage. Nonetheless, TEC has untilJune 19 to seek review at the national level.

The next step in the litigation here in Fort Worth is a hearing at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 24, in the courtroom of Judge John Chupp, where we have requested that he set aside the supersedeas order and refund to the Diocese the $100,000 cash bond we posted two years ago in order to maintain possession of our property. With his original decision having now been reversed by the Texas Supreme Court, there are no legal grounds for the order to remain in effect.

In addition, attorneys for the Diocese are completing new pleadings and a revised motion for summary judgment, which should be filed with the 141st district court sometime next month.

Once again, it is time for the TEC lawyers to come clean with their clients about their prospects in this case and to stop filing more and more unnecessary legal motions that only delay the process. Without a significant benefactor paying all their legal fees, the small little group calling itself “the local Episcopal parties” could never have taken matters this far. It is prudent for them to cut their losses and move on.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support. Let us give thanks to the Lord for his goodness and grace as we fight this spiritual battle that has been thrust upon us.

The Rt. Rev. Jack Leo Iker
Bishop of Fort Worth
April 18, 2014
Good Friday

 

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TEC to make desperate appeal to U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in Texas litigation

March 26th, 2014 Jill Posted in TEC Comments Off

Bishop Jack IkerFrom Anglican Ink

Local TEC attorneys notified us today that they will petition the United States Supreme Court to overturn the ruling of the Texas Supreme Court, which calls for the 141st District Court in Fort Worth to proceed with a new hearing on the property dispute between TEC and the Diocese of Fort Worth and to decide the case on neutral principles of law. In order to buy time for this, they are asking the Texas Supreme Court to recall the mandate issued on March 21 for the lower court to proceed.

In the meantime, the Diocese has petitioned the trial court to rescind the supersedeas order of October 2011 that required us to post a $100,000 bond with the registry of the court and to make monthly financial reports to our opponents. If granted, the bond would be returned to the Diocese, with interest.

Bishop Iker said of this latest ploy by TEC: “This is a last-ditch, desperate act on the part of a group that now realizes theirs is a lost cause in Texas. It shows how far they will stretch to delay and confuse, to prevent the proceedings from being brought to a conclusion.”

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Controversy over Seminary Speaker Invite Tempered by Student’s Death

March 18th, 2014 Jill Posted in TEC Comments Off

By Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, Christianity Today

A seminary student's request for the leader of The Episcopal Church (TEC) to come and witness unity between U.S. Anglican conservatives and progressives instead prompted a public wave of disunity—which has now been ironically (albeit tragically) tempered by the student's unexpected death.

Terry Star and two other students at Nashotah House, a theologically conservative Anglo-Catholic seminary in Wisconsin, had asked the seminary to invite Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori to "come and see ACNA (Anglican Church in North America) and [TEC] in harmony" because she had once advised them not to attend the seminary, Nashotah dean Edward Salmon told the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD).
 
The invitation to preach in Nashotah's historic chapel sparked a furious uproar among Anglican conservatives, including the resignations of a Nashotah trustee and an honorary board member as well as a call for Salmon's own resignation.
 
Bishop Jack Iker wrote in his resignation announcement that he "could not be associated with an institution that honors her," pointing to the lawsuits that Jefferts Schori has initiated against his diocese. Honorary board member Bishop William Wantland joined him, writing that he "will not take part in any functions at Nashotah" nor "give financial support to the House as long as the present administration remains."
 
Then Star, a 40-year-old Lakota Native American and member of TEC's executive council, died suddenly from a heart attack on March 4. On March 12, the seminary announced that Jefferts Schori will now only offer an evening eulogy to Star during her May 1 visit.
 
Nashotah House is one of only "two accredited seminaries affiliated with TEC that are regarded as theologically orthodox," according to IRD. It's one of five seminaries approved by the ACNA.
 
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Diocese of South Carolina Formalizes Wordwide Anglican Ties

March 16th, 2014 Jill Posted in South Carolina, TEC Comments Off

The Diocese of South Carolina has been formally recognized as a member in good standing of the Global Anglican Communion.

On Saturday, March 15, the Diocese’s 223rd Annual Convention unanimously accepted an invitation to join the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (GFCA) and temporarily enter into a formal ecclesiastical relationship known as provisional primatial oversight from bishops in the Global South.

The convention’s nearly 400 delegates also voted to create a task force to explore more permanent affiliation options for the diocese. The task force will offer recommendations at the next Convention, which will be held next March.

Local critics of the Diocese’s 2012 separation from The Episcopal Church had said the disassociation would isolate the Diocese from the Global Anglican Communion. While the Diocese has maintained many informal relationships with organizations that are part of the communion, this formal primatial oversight arrangement makes clear that the Diocese is officially part of the greater Anglican Church.

“There’s an African proverb that wisely states ‘If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together,’ said the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, 14th Bishop of the Diocese, in his address to the Convention. “This will give us gracious oversight from one of the largest Ecclesial entities within in the Communion; one which includes Anglicans from a diverse body of believers from Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa, South America, the Indian Ocean and many, many others.”

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Episcopalians File Formal Complaint against Presiding Bishop over Massive Litigation Costs

March 15th, 2014 Jill Posted in TEC Comments Off

by David Virtue, VOL

Katharine Jefferts Schori has violated the Episcopal Church's Constitution and Canons, they say

A document leaked to Virtueonline says that a group calling themselves the American Anglican Fellowship, (AAF), has filed a complaint with Bishop Clay Matthews, Intake Officer of the Episcopal Church, saying that Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori has violated the Episcopal Church's Constitution and Canons.

The group of current and former members of The Episcopal Church, say that the AAF took this action only after prayerful consideration and the exhausting of all reasonable means of communication and not receiving a single response to their many concerns.

"In recent years more than 700 Clergy and 5,000 Christians have petitioned The Episcopal Church and five Episcopal Bishops also requested information and transparency in The Episcopal Church with spending more than $22 million dollars of church funds in 80 or more secular lawsuits against departing churches and dioceses. These lawsuits are ongoing with no solution in sight," noted the document.

The group filed the information on December 19, 2013 with Bishop Clay Matthews who later recused himself and replaced by Canon John N. Osgood of New York as did Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori. Former New York Bishop Mark Sisk has been appointed Canonical Authority. George E. Wade, Esq., also of New York, has been appointed to provide counsel.

The group still awaits a formal response from the Church.

"We framed this document in a caring and loving way that would be acceptable to all, not to discipline, but to achieve an Accord of conciliation as Christ would have us do, to bring an end to this madness of Christians suing Christians," said the document.

Among the charges by the AAF are:

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Heartbreaker: U. S. Supreme Court Denies Falls Church Petition

March 11th, 2014 Jill Posted in TEC Comments Off

By A S Haley

The order list published this morning by the United States Supreme Court shows that, after relisting the case for its conferences four times, it has denied certiorari (review) in No. 13-449, The Falls Church v. Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, et al. Under its rules, the Court grants certiorari when at least four of the nine justices are interested in a given case; it takes five justices to make a majority.

This was potentially a huge decision for those suffering from years of the courts' misreading of Jones v. Wolf (1979), 443 U.S. 595, as detailed in numerous posts on this blog. The significance is that it would have been the first church property dispute which the Court has accepted for review since Jones — some 35 years ago. While the decision below (from the Virginia Supreme Court) is not based on ECUSA's Dennis Canon, it nonetheless is grounded in a misreading of how a national Church can unilaterally establish a trust in its favor on all parish property without the parishes themselves declaring the trust in question. Similar bad readings of the dictum in Jones have come from the Supreme Courts of Connecticut, Georgia, New York and California.

It also means that the Diocese of Virginia will now go ahead with its plans for The Falls Church campus. Furthermore, it means that the approximately $3 million that TFC has paid into the Court's registry since April 2012 will now be handed over to the Diocese — added to the already $10 million worth of real property it received, the Diocese is the beneficiary of a real windfall, if ever there was anything that went by that name.

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Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina Seeks Provisional Primatial Oversight

March 10th, 2014 Jill Posted in South Carolina, TEC Comments Off

Bishop Mark LawrenceBy David W Virtue, VOL

The Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina is looking for an ecclesiastical home.

Since leaving the Episcopal Church it has not come under any Episcopal or Anglican authority and has resisted coming under the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).

An upcoming resolution to be presented at their Annual Diocesan Convention March 14-15 could change all that. In response to an offer by the newly created Global South Primatial Oversight Council for pastoral oversight, the diocese seeks to have a formal ecclesiastical connection to the larger Communion and a consequent pastoral relationship.

This new entity was created in Cairo, Egypt, by the Global South Primates Steering Committee on February 14-15, 2014.

Most importantly, however, this resolution is the response to something others in the communion have created. It provides a means for us to better make biblical Anglicans for a global age in this in between-time. We choose to see it as a providential provision which gives us further sacramental closeness with the global Anglican family which we so richly treasure.

The Diocese of South Carolina recognizes this as a "period of fluidity in the Anglican Communion" and reserves the right to revisit this decision, as a convention, should it be necessary during this temporary discernment period, however long it may last.

Several aspects of this resolution need to be made clear. First, this resolution in no way takes away from the need for, and the careful discernment of, an ultimate diocesan affiliation for the diocese. Therefore it is to be seen as a matter of both/and rather than either/or.

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A Statement on Nashotah House from the (ACNA) College of Bishops

March 1st, 2014 Jill Posted in Anglican Church in North America, TEC Comments Off

February 25, 2014

At the request of the Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America, meeting in conference call on Tuesday, February 25, I have been asked to make the following statement:

"The Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America deeply regret the invitation by Dean Edward Salmon to Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori to preach at Nashotah House. The insensitivity of this invitation to many of the loyal friends of the House is compounded by the proposed eucharistic context. What is far more concerning, however, are the fundamental spiritual, biblical and institutional issues that the visit to Chapel raises. We have trusted Nashotah House with our students, our prayers and our support, recognizing that the House also serves the Episcopal Church, and that a remarkable community has been built there. We hope that ways can be found to restore the trust that this particular invitation has seriously shaken."

The Most Revd Robert Duncan, D.D. (Nashotah)
Archbishop, Anglican Church in North America
On behalf of the College of Bishops

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Presiding Bishop mulls second term run

February 27th, 2014 Jill Posted in TEC Comments Off

by George Conger, Anglican Ink

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori has not ruled out seeking a second nine year term as Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church of the USA. Her comments came amidst a wide ranging interview broadcast on 25 Feb 2014 interview Kansas City National Public Radio affiliate station KCUR.

Asked about the sharp decline in membership since the 1960s, Bishop Jefferts Schori said the decline did not worry her. While there were fewer Episcopalians today, they were nonetheless better Episcopalians.

The “membership levels of 50 years ago are not reflective of the faith” of the people in the pews she noted. Part of the decline was due to the sociological changes in society as “our grandparents joined institutions at far higher rates” in the past then the same age cohorts did today.

“We are not comparing apples to apples” when “looking at 50 year old statistics” she said.

Numbers alone were of less consequence than “an active involvement in a community of faith,” said Bishop Jefferts Schori. Asked by her interviewer whether she was forbidden from seeking a second term, the presiding bishop stated the canons were silent on the number of terms permitted.

Presiding Bishops had to retire at the General Convention closest to their 70th birthday due to the church’s mandatory retirement age of 72.

All of her predecessors were barred from seeking a second term due to age rules, while she would not be. From 1789 to 1926 the office of presiding bishop was held determined by date of consecration, with the senior active diocesan bishop serving as presiding bishop. The Bishop of Pennsylvania, William White was the longest serving presiding bishop, holding the office for over 40 years.

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NASHOTAH, WI: Invitation to Episcopal Presiding Bishop to Preach Results in Resignations

February 21st, 2014 Jill Posted in TEC Comments Off

by David Virtue, VOL

An invitation by Dean Edward Salmon to Katharine Jefferts Schori to be the guest preacher at Nashotah House's historic seminary chapel has resulted in at least two resignations from that seminary's board. A memo from Bishop Jack Iker of the Diocese of Ft. Worth (confirmed by his staff) says he has resigned in protest as a trustee from the Nashotah House Board where he has served for the past 21 years. Bishop William Wantland (Diocese of Eau Claire, ret.) who presently serves as Assisting Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth has also distanced himself from the Nashotah action.

This action was taken in protest of the Dean's invitation to the Presiding Bishop of TEC to be a guest preacher in the seminary's chapel. Citing the lawsuits initiated by her against this Diocese, Bishop Iker notified the Board that he "could not be associated with an institution that honors her." Similarly, Bishop Wantland sent notification that he "will not take part in any functions at Nashotah" nor will he continue "to give financial support to the House as long as the present administration remains." He is an honorary member of the Board (without vote) and a life member of the Alumni Association."

Bishop Edward Salmon (formerly Bishop of South Carolina) is dean and is responsible for selecting all preachers for chapel. The matter was discussed at the last board meeting when Bishops [Robert] Duncan and (Jack) Iker were both at GAFCON. There was some disagreement among the trustees, but the sole discretion for such invitations lies with Bishop Salmon.

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Bishop Iker Resigns in Protest From Nashotah House Board

February 21st, 2014 Jill Posted in TEC Comments Off

Bishop Jack IkerBy Matt Kennedy, Stand Firm

The following memo has been received by a number of clergy in the Diocese of Fort Worth and we have confirmed that the memo is genuine and the content is accurate:
“BISHOP IKER HAS RESIGNED AS A TRUSTEE on the Nashotah House Board, where he has served for the past 21 years. This action was taken in protest of the Dean’s invitation to the Presiding Bishop of TEC to be a guest preacher in the seminary’s chapel. Citing the lawsuits initiated by her against this Diocese, Bishop Iker notified the Board that he “could not be associated with an institution that honors her.” Similarly, Bishop Wantland has sent notification that he “will not take part in any functions at Nashotah” nor continue “to give financial support to the House as long as the present administration remains.” He is an honorary member of the Board (without vote) and a life member of the Alumni Association.”
A source has confirmed that it is under the authority of Bishop Salmon as dean to select all preachers for chapel. It was discussed at the last board meeting when Bishops Duncan and Iker were both at Gafcon. There was some disagreement among the trustees, but the sole discretion for the decision lies with Bishop Salmon. Below is the most recent list of Nashotah House trustees we could find (including those who recently resigned)
 
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FORTY MILLION on Lawsuits: Will There Be No Reckoning?

February 14th, 2014 Jill Posted in TEC Comments Off

By A S Haley, Stand Firm

In September 2010, I put up an analysis, based on ECUSA’s monthly statements and their annual audited statements through 2009, of how much ECUSA and its major dioceses had spent on attorneys’ fees and other costs associated with the (then) 60+ lawsuits as catalogued here (see pgs. 23-26). In order to give as complete a picture as possible, I also included the latest ECUSA budget projection of legal expenses through the triennium 2010-2012.
 
One has to realize that ECUSA does not make it easy to discover the amounts it spends on litigation—the leadership at 815 Second Avenue would obviously prefer that those who sit in the pews every Sunday and contribute their pledges not be aware of just how many millions have been squandered on ECUSA’s scorched-earth litigation policy.
 
I am fully aware that those are fighting words to all those who support the current administration at 815 Second Avenue: “Prove it!” they say. Well, in the course of this post, I intend to do just that. So please suspend your judgment until you have digested the entire piece, and checked out all the links to my sources—which are uniformly from ECUSA’s own published financial statements and official minutes. I am a lifelong Episcopalian myself, and I am utterly ashamed and outraged by what the Presiding Bishop and her cohorts are doing in our Church’s name.
 
In September 2010, I concluded that ECUSA and its Dioceses of Virginia, Los Angeles and San Diego had committed a combined total of Twenty-one Million Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars ($21,650,000.00) on litigation since the year 2000. This number I broke down as follows:
 
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Oxford University, the Episcopal Church and an Iron Lady

February 14th, 2014 Jill Posted in TEC Comments Off

By Ladson F Mills III, Virtueonline

Oxford University finds itself the subject of rare scrutiny resulting from its controversial decision to grant an honorary degree to the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. It can also claim credit for the new joke circulating; what do HarryTruman and Katharine Jefferts Schori have in common? Both have honorary degrees from Oxford and signs for their desk. Harry's read "the Buck stops here." Katharine's says "the Bucks stop here."

Honorary degrees are often the source of controversy. Other than Jefferts Schori's supporters suggesting this honor is a reflection of her credibility within the wider Anglican Communion and in spite of the mortification by many with legitimate Oxford credentials the University could have done worse than choosing such a polarizing figure.

The ruthless Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe received honorary degrees from The University of Edinburgh as well as Michigan State University. While Oxford's decision may seem mystifying granting a degree to a murderous thug like Mugabe defies rationality. One can only hope that humiliated alumni demanded mass resignations and removal of those responsible for that disastrous faux pas.

Having spent the previous year attempting to secure an honorary degree from my own college for a clergyman recognized as one of the Episcopal Church's most talented two things have become apparent. These degrees are awarded in order to bring prestige to an institution or in hope of receiving substantial financial support from the recipient.

It is difficult to find any prestige which might result from awarding a degree to Jefferts Schori. During her stewardship as presiding bishop a declining church has accelerated in its decline. There can be no claim of success in modeling tolerance and inclusion because she is only tolerant and inclusive of those with whom she is like minded. If her degree was amended from Doctor of Divinity to Doctor of Laws it could be defended as legitimate. There are numerous law firms receiving lucrative renumeration as the result of her leadership. If I were an investigative reporter I would follow the money.

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Episcopal Church (USA) Annual Litigation Summary 2014

February 13th, 2014 Jill Posted in Gay Activism, TEC Comments Off

by A S Haley, Anglican Curmudgeon

It is a fact well known to certain Episcopalians—both those who have left the Episcopal Church (USA) and those who have remained—that ECUSA and its dioceses have followed a pattern of suing any church that chooses to leave for another Anglican jurisdiction. But the full extent of the litigation that has ensued is not well known at all, either in the wider Church, or among the provinces of the Anglican Communion. (Otherwise — one would think — it would never have been deemed to be conduct to be rewarded by this honorary degree, rather than this one.)

Your Curmudgeon proposes to do what he can to rectify this situation, by publishing an annual update on this site of the current status of all past and present cases in which ECUSA or any of its dioceses has been or is involved, from 2000 to date. Feel free to link to this post, to email links to it to other Episcopalians, and to send it to your Bishop — and feel free to post any updates or corrections in the comments. In another update to be posted in the next few days, I will published a revised total for all of the money spent by ECUSA and its Dioceses to date on prosecuting all of these lawsuits (and, in the case of the second group below, defending them).

The lawsuits initiated by ECUSA and its dioceses to date are first listed below, followed by a list of the seven cases begun by a diocese or parish against the Episcopal Church (or a diocese). The listing endeavors to be as complete as I can make it. The first 83 cases, generally grouped by the State in which they each originated, are the legal actions filed since 2000 (of which I am aware) where the Episcopal Church (USA) and/or one of its dioceses played the role of plaintiff—the party who initiates a case in court by filing a complaint to seize the assets and real property of any church choosing to leave ECUSA. Please note that wherever possible the actual citation of any published decision in the case has been given. Also, please note the dates for the later cases, which demonstrate the acceleration of litigation by ECUSA and its dioceses in defiant rejection of the Primates’ call for a moratorium on litigation at the Dar es Salaam meeting.

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Read also:  How Much Has ECUSA Spent on Lawsuits? (Updated Jan. 2014)

 

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TEC Buying Influence at Lambeth Palace

February 12th, 2014 Jill Posted in Archbishop Of Canterbury, TEC Comments Off

By Matt Kennedy, Stand Firm

Perhaps this development makes the recent warmth between Lambeth and 815 easier to understand?
In addition [to funding a digitization project], we expect to use $312,000 in 2015 to support the Anglican Communion Office, in response to a request from the Presiding Bishop. If approved, this will raise our ACO commitment from $700,000 for the triennium to $1,012,000. According to Presiding Bishop Katharine, her request came not only in recognition of greatly improved relations with the Communion, but also as a gesture of support for some very beneficial work, such as the continuing Indaba project and reconciliation work.
Great work over at Titusonenine
 
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How TEC funds Facilitated Conversations

February 12th, 2014 Jill Posted in Archbishop Of Canterbury, Gay Activism, TEC Comments Off

From Titusonenine

Where does the money come from to fund the proposed “facilitated conversations” in the Anglican Communion? An insight can be gleaned from the blog of Rev. Susan B. Snook who is an Episcopal priest, rector of the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Scottsdale, Arizona, and a member of TEC’s Executive Council. She writes a detailed account of the meeting just finished in which we find the following statement:

In addition [to funding a digitization project], we expect to use $312,000 in 2015 to support the Anglican Communion Office, in response to a request from the Presiding Bishop. If approved, this will raise our ACO commitment from $700,000 for the triennium to $1,012,000. According to Presiding Bishop Katharine, her request came not only in recognition of greatly improved relations with the Communion, but also as a gesture of support for some very beneficial work, such as the continuing Indaba project and reconciliation work. We did not officially vote on this request at this meeting, because it affects the 2015 budget, which does not come up for an official vote until October. However, I expect we will approve it then. Note that our 2013 and 2014 payments to the ACO were made as if we were spreading a total of $1,012,000 over three years. If the increased 2015 budget is not approved in October, the ACO will experience a severe cut, to $25,333 in 2015. (from here and the ENS summary of Executive Council resolutions is here)

Very interesting. For “improved relations with the Communion” perhaps read “we can do business with Lambeth”? At any rate, we now have confirmation that TEC is committing large sums to fund “Indaba and reconciliation”. We now wait to hear what Archbishop Justin has to say in his Presidential Address to the CofE General Synod at 9.30am on Wednesday morning to join up the dots….

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Read the Archbishop of Canterbury's Presidential Address to General Synod here

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More on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s response to Honorary Doctorate on Episcopal Presiding Bishop

February 11th, 2014 Jill Posted in Archbishop Of Canterbury, TEC Comments Off

By David Virtue, Virtueonline

An Oxford Don and Anglican sociologist described the announcement as "disastrous and derisory…I'm ashamed of my alma mater." Episcopal liberals and progressives rejoiced in the announcement while one blogger described it as Scandalum magnum.

Across the Atlantic, Archbishop Justin Welby welcomed news that the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, is to be awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity by the University of Oxford. He commented, "I am delighted by the news that the Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori is to receive an honorary Doctor of Divinity from the University of Oxford. This award, richly deserved, reaffirms Bishop Katharine's remarkable gifts of intellect and compassion, which she has dedicated to the service of Christ."

Conservative bloggers were so shocked by the announcement that there was immediate disbelief that Welby had either not written the announcement or had simply bought into a press release from 815, the Episcopal Church's national headquarters in New York City.

However, a spokesman from Lambeth Palace wrote VOL confirming that, "the press release was issued with the full knowledge and endorsement of the Archbishop."

While his endorsement of this award has sent shockwaves around the Anglican Communion, it should be noted that the Archbishop of Canterbury has said nothing about her [lack of] spiritual gifts and theological utterances that puts her at odds with 90% of the Anglican Communion.

Over the course of her tenure, the Presiding Bishop has received a total of nine honorary doctorates all from liberal Episcopal seminaries. She has not received such accolades from Nashotah House or Trinity School for Ministry. The secular academy, it seems, has taken no notice of her.

The surprise announcement Thursday (Feb. 6) left many in the Anglican world, other than the Archbishop of Canterbury, scratching their heads in wonderment and disbelief, considering the American Presiding Bishop's well known and thoroughly documented trail of unChristian and anti-Christian actions and theological stances boarding on heresy and apostasy.

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The world loves its own: That is why persecuting bishop gets Oxford award

February 8th, 2014 Jill Posted in Archbishop Of Canterbury, TEC Comments Off

By Julian Mann, Virtueonline

The world loves its own. That is the essential spiritual reason why Oxford University has awarded the persecuting bishop who leads The Episcopal Church in the United States an honorary doctorate of 'Divinity'.

There is no point Confessing Anglicans being bitter about this. We have to understand it theologically.

In John's Gospel, our Lord Jesus Christ warned his disciples whom he was sending out to serve him in a world of sinful humanity in concerted rebellion against its sovereign creator God: 'If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you' (John 15v18-19 – RSV).

That the institution Dr. Jefferts Schori leads persecutes Christ's servants is well-documented. An article in World Magazine in December – Tidings of Discomfort & Joy – succinctly described TEC's 'scorched earth policy' towards Confessing Anglicans:

'Here's one example: Church of the Good Shepherd stood for nearly 130 years on a main road through Binghamton, a former manufacturing hub that now has a high unemployment rate. Members were long concerned about theological drift, and the consecration of a homosexual bishop in 2003 by TEC's General Convention was the last straw.

'Binghamton rector Matt Kennedy began a conversation with the bishop of central New York, telling him the church would likely leave TEC to seek oversight of an Anglican bishop in another province. Kennedy says the initial meetings were productive, and the congregation offered to buy its building from the diocese for $150,000 – but TEC hierarchs rejected the offer. After the congregation disaffiliated from TEC in 2007, the diocese filed suit for the building.'

And yes you've guessed it – the former Church of the Good Shepherd building is now an Islamic Awareness Centre.

Neither should Confessing Anglicans be surprised that the Archbishop of Canterbury has congratulated Dr Jefferts Schori on her Oxford award:

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Archbishop congratulates Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori on honorary Oxford degree

February 8th, 2014 Jill Posted in Archbishop Of Canterbury, TEC Comments Off

From the Archbishop of Canterbury's website

Archbishop Justin has welcomed news that the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, is to be awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity by the University of OxfordArchbishop Justin said: "I am delighted by the news that the Most Revd Dr Katharine Jefferts Schori is to receive an honorary Doctor of Divinity from the University of Oxford.

This award, richly deserved, reaffirms Bishop Katharine’s remarkable gifts of intellect and compassion, which she has dedicated to the service of Christ."

Prior to becoming ordained, Bishop Katharine pursued a career in oceanography, and her enduring deep commitment to the environment has evolved into a profound dedication to stewardship of our planet and humankind, especially in relieving poverty and extending the love and hospitality of Christ to those on the edges of society. As Archbishop Desmond Tutu once said of Bishop Katharine, 'In her version of reality, everything is sacred except sin.' 

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Read also: Bishop Jefferts Schori’s Spite by Rod Dreher, American Conservative

 Read comments from Stand Firm and Titusonenine

 

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Oxford University to award honorary degree to Presiding Bishop

February 7th, 2014 Jill Posted in TEC Comments Off

Six leading figures from the worlds of science, the arts and religion are set to receive honorary degrees from the University of Oxford this year, subject to approval by Congregation.

The degrees will be awarded at Encaenia, the University's annual honorary degree ceremony, on Wednesday 25 June 2014.

Degree of Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa:

The Most Reverend Dr Katharine Jefferts Schori, PhD, is Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America and 16 other nations. Over the course of her nine-year term, Bishop Jefferts Schori is responsible for initiating and developing policy for the Episcopal Church and speaks on behalf of the church regarding the policies, strategies and programmes authorised by General Convention. Bishop Jefferts Schori's studies for the priesthood, to which she was ordained in 1994, were preceded by her career as an oceanographer. She holds a BSc in biology from Stanford University, an MSc and PhD in oceanography from Oregon State University, an MDiv from Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and several honorary doctoral degrees.

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Read also:  Bishop Jefferts Schori’s Spite by Rod Dreher, American Conservative

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