Sunday, March 21, 2010

Property-seeking Episcopal leaders seek operatives to sue local clergy, congregations out of their sanctuaries

Billy Ockham: The Episcopal Church Vs South Carolina

This stuff is fascinating. My favorite phrase from one of the Episcopalian activists (emphasis added):

"...defend the trust interest of the Episcopal Church in property is the diocese. If the diocese fails in this, then it should be subject to whatever coercive or disciplinary forces the Consititution and Canons of our Church would specifically provide."

The Episcopal Church. Property, not people. A place where the coercive and disciplinary can talk about tolerance and inclusion.

Kudos to Fr. Dan Martins, who tries to inject a reasonable voice into the madness.


The Archer of the Forest said...

This is one of the reasons I only read the HOB/D listserv when I feel like it. It's truly a bizarre read every time.

Keith said...

I'm sorry but why have a diocean bishop when 815 can do it all. When a bishop chooses to violate canons and ordain openly gay people then it's up to the individual diocese to settle the matter, but if a bishop decides not to sue for property, well then, such an error in judgment cannot go unpunished!

TLF+ said...

Archer, Keith... a few years ago the Episcopal Church Foundation, about as pro-church as you can get since they do fundraising of various sorts for TEC, issued a paper in which they called the leadership of the denomination "incoherent." As you two said, "bizarre" and "why bother?"

Keith, thanks for pointing out yet another crazy contradiction.