"The Preachers chiefly shall take heed that they teach nothing in their preaching, which they would have the people religiously to observe and believe, but that which is agreeable to the Doctrine of the Old Testament and the New, and that which the Catholick Fathers and Ancient Bishops have gathered out of that Doctrine." A proposed canon of Elizabeth I, 1571

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I am a presbyter in the diocese of Fort Worth, Texas (Anglican Church in North America). I serve as Chaplain at St. Vincent's School and as a canon of St. Vincent's Cathedral Church in Bedford, Texas. In addition to my parish duties and teaching Religion classes in the school I am also the Middle School Social Studies teacher.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Finally, Our Local Paper Gets It Right

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has finally run a story on the present crisis in ECUSA and my diocese's appeal for alternative primatial oversight that gets the story right. Here is a highlight:

Bishop Jack Iker plans to keep his Fort Worth Diocese within the Episcopal Church, U.S.A., despite his unprecedented plea this week to the Archbishop of Canterbury to provide him and the 24-county diocese with a leader other than Presiding Bishop-elect Katharine Jefferts Shori.

Whether both goals can be accomplished remains a mystery, a diocesan spokeswoman said. "There's never been a diocese try this," spokeswoman Suzanne Gill said after a stormy Episcopal General Convention in which Shori, a strong supporter of gay and lesbian clergy, became the church's first female presiding bishop-elect. "We are asking the Archbishop of Canterbury if it's possible. We don't know what steps have to be worked out."

The Diocese of Fort Worth's Standing Committee, its main governing body between diocesan conventions, unanimously voted to ask Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams for "alternative primatial leadership" after Shori's election during the General Convention, which ended Wednesday in Columbus, Ohio.

"We are not leaving the church," said the Rev. Christopher Cantrell, rector of the Church of the Holy Apostles in Fort Worth and a member of the committee. ...We are asking for alternative leadership because of the new presiding bishop-elect has clearly indicated she is fully committed to gay and lesbian clergy."

You can read the entire story here.


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