"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, December 08, 2007

Diocese of San Joaquin Is Out of TEC!

The vote has been taken on the final reading of the key constitutional changes at the annual convention from the Fresno-based diocese of San Joaquin. Titusonenine reports the results as:

clergy 88 present, 72 yes, 12 no (82%)
laity 113 present, 103 yes, 10 no (91%)

Reuters' story is here.

The ENS reports PB Schori's response as follows:

"The Episcopal Church receives with sadness the news that some members of this church have made a decision to leave this church," said Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori. "We deeply regret their unwillingness or inability to live within the historical Anglican understanding of comprehensiveness. We wish them to know of our prayers for them and their journey. The Episcopal Church will continue in the Diocese of San Joaquin, albeit with new leadership."


Blogger Scott said...

Or, to be precise, some members of the San Joaquin diocese, and its bishop, have left the diocese.

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I wonder if the wicked witch from NYC is going to send her flying monkeys to take back the diocese!

5:51 PM  
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10:36 PM  
Blogger texanglican said...

It seems clear to me, Scott, that at least four out of five of the duly constituted representatives of the diocese have decided to terminate their diocese's voluntary association with the General Convention of the Episcopal church and to affiliate with another province of the world-wide Communion. Sadly, it seems likely that a secular court of law will have to decide which of the two of us is correct in reading the situation. I am confident I know which way a court in Texas would decide should Fort Worth decide to depart at our '08 convention.

10:38 PM  
Anonymous Enigmaz said...

I think it is very amusing that the Proto-Anglican church got its start by Henry severing ties with Rome so that he could live an adulterous life, divorce, and re-mary.

Yet you see some Anglicans all upset that the Episcopals want to extend the sanctity and monogamy of marriage to committed homosexual relationships. I think it is a sin not to do so.

I think there is a lot of bigotry involved here. Do we really need another Rome?

1:41 AM  
Blogger Devon W said...

I would encourage Enigmaz to look at the entirety of the history behind the formation of the church, rather than just focusing on the one thing all critics like to shout about.

Perhaps then we can have a discussion.

7:59 PM  

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