Tuesday, November 25, 2008

What's a PB to do?

What's a PB (not Peanut Butter) to do when Bishops and Dioceses leave TEC?

A) Send out letters of inhibition. The letter is here.

B) File charges to depose the Bishop and let the HOB solve your issues. (This assumes also that you have authority to do so)

C) File lawsuits against the Dioceses. (This would ignore the scriptures relating to Christians sueing Christians)

D) Consider all this as formal housekeeping of TEC, even though every Sunday you pray for all Bishops and Ministers and the catholic Church. Talk about double Speak!

E) Do the Christian Thing and say we agree to disagree here - but go and serve the Lord and proclaim the Gospel - (This one assumes that you have had enough Christian rearing to know the Christian thing, that you might be a Christian, and understand the Great Commission.)

I did find Bishop Iker's response to his inhibition interesting - some might say it was flipant - others would say it was direct and dead on .... either way - he doesn't mince his word here.

Two responses are being issued at this time. From Bishop Iker:
Katharine Jefferts Schori has no authority over me or my ministry as a Bishop in the Church of God. She never has, and she never will.
Since November 15, 2008, both the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth and I as the Diocesan
Bishop have been members of the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone. As a result, canonical
declarations of the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church pertaining to us are irrelevant
and of no consequence.

And from the Standing Committee of Ft Worth:

The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is a member of the Province
of the Southern Cone as of November 15, 2008. Bishop Iker is a member in good standing of
the House of Bishops of the Province of the Southern Cone.
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.

No mincing of words from either as best I can tell! Interesting that the SC used the old rhetoric of Border Crossing ....

Some have asked me what Parish's are involved there ... according to the statement :

The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth consists of 56 congregations. The major cities in the diocese include Fort Worth,
Arlington, Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Wichita Falls, Grand Prairie, Richland Hills, Brownwood, and Stephenville, Texas. The
Rt. Rev. Jack L. Iker has served as the third Diocesan Bishop of Fort Worth since 1995. The diocese enjoys companion
relationships with the Dioceses of Northern Malawi and Northern Mexico.

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