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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, December 02, 2006

Only One Parish Opposed San Joaquin Move

David Virtue reports that the following resolution was brought to the floor at the last minute at the San Joaquin diocesan convention today by a diocesan priest. It was approved by a vote of 166-4 (emphasis added by me):

Affiliation in the Anglican Communion. Whereas the 2006 GC of the TEC did not adequately respond to the requests of the Windsor Report, thereby placing the relationship of the TEC to the Anglican Communion in jeopardy; and whereas the primates of the Global South have declared "the time has come to take initial steps to wards the formation of what will be recognized as a separate ecclesiastical structure of the Anglican Communion in the USA"; and whereas our worldwide identity as Anglicans in this diocese is contingent on affiliation with a recognized province of the Anglican Communion; therefore be it resolved this 47th convention of the Diocese of San Joaquin direct the bishop, counsel and Standing Committee to assess the means for our affiliation with a recognized ecclesiastical structure of the Anglican Communion, and to bring to the 48th convention of this diocese a detailed plan for the preservation of our relationship with the Anglican Communion. No vote by orders. 166 yeas and 4 nays.

Virtue further reports the following:

A diocesan spokesman said that while armed police were present at the cathedral there were no expected demonstrations from Episcopal Lesbitransgays. They were anticipated, but not realized.

When Bishop John-David Schofield spoke he brought the house down, VOL was told. There was a joyful eruption from the entire diocese. "We were united as never before, and we go into the future united," said a diocesan spokesperson. "Only one parish wants to stay with the Episcopal Church, the rest are with the bishop. It's been a long time coming, but today saw clarity and resolution the like of which we have never seen before."


Blogger The young fogey said...

+San Joaquin: A Catholic gentleman, 'priest trained at this house', the man of the hour, the man for us.

Ad multos annos!

Seems a win/win really. The work of the diocese can continue uninterrupted (the court in California won't rule for the national church) and the few Episcopalians left have a church that can be their new cathedral where they can preach the gospel of gay weddings to their heart's content. And leave the rest of central California, and the rest of us, alone. And the liberals will be rid of a few buildings full of people whose views they hate.

No congregation should have its home taken away. And it looks like that won't happen. Thanks be to God.

11:05 PM  
Blogger The young fogey said...

P.S. Sorry — shouldn't have sounded like I was knocking all Episcopalians. I don't think that way. There are decent ones but those online who are out to destroy +San Joaquin and his parishes deserve what I wrote.

5:59 AM  
Blogger texanglican said...

I note that St. Stephen's has a new principal this year, sir. What became of Fr Sheehy? I got to know him when he was visiting Chicago four years ago doing research. He worshiped at Church of the Ascension on LaSalle St. that month and came down to visit our campus ministry at the Univ of Chicago. Nice enough chap. Thanks for stopping by.

12:55 PM  
Blogger The young fogey said...

I don't know Fr Sheehy but knew Dr Ward way back when... he was in the room next to mine at Staggers! I wish him well and God's abundant blessings. In these 'interesting times' he needs them.

3:53 PM  

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