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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.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Bishop Schofield's Courage in Leading San Joaquin out of TEC is Applauded

Thirty-one bishops of the Anglican Communion have signed onto a letter of support for Bishop John-David Schofield of the diocese of San Joaquin, saluting the courage of the diocese in their decision and the bishop's "tenacity and faithfulness" in shepherding his flock through their departure from TEC and realignment with the Province of the Southern Cone.

Authored by Bishop Iker of Fort Worth, the text reads (with emphasis added):

Dear Bishop John-David,

We, Episcopal colleagues from across the Anglican Communion and across the world, write to salute you on the courageous decision of the Diocesan Convention of San Joaquin to take leave of The Episcopal Church and to align with the Province of the Southern Cone. We know that decision was to a large extent the result of your tenacity and faithful leadership, and for that we give thanks to God. It has been said that you are isolated and alone. We want you and the world to know that in this decision for the faith once delivered to the saints, we stand with you and beside you. May Christ abundantly bless you and your diocese with all the gifts of the Spirit and with joy in believing.

[RWF resumes]: It is signed not only by Bishop Iker but by the following bishops as well, including the highly influential bishop of Rochester in England (n.b., I have added designations for their provinces if not within the Network):

The Most Rev. Peter Jensen, Archbishop of Sydney [Australia]
The Rt. Rev. Matthias Medadues-Badohu, Bishop of Ho [Ghana, West Africa]
The Rt. Rev. Michael Nazir-Ali, Bishop of Rochester [C of E]
The Rt. Rev. Gerard Mpango, Bishop of Western Tanganyika [Tanzania]
The Rt. Rev. Robert Duncan, Bishop of Pittsburgh [Network]
The Rt. Rev. Ross Davies, Bishop of The Murray [Australia]
The Rt. Rev. Keith L Ackerman, Bishop of Quincy [Network]
The Rt. Rev. Peter Beckwith, Bishop of Springfield [Network]
The Rt. Rev. A. Ewin Ratteray, Bishop of Bermuda [West Indies]
The Rt. Rev. Michael Hough, Bishop of Ballarat [Australia]
The Rt. Rev. John Broadhurst, Bishop of Fulham [C of E]
The Rt. Rev. Martyn Jarrett, Bishop of Beverley [C of E]
The Rt. Rev. John Goddard, Bishop of Burnley [Co of E]
The Rt. Rev. Keith Newton, Bishop of Richborough [C of E]
The Rt. Rev. Robert Forsyth, Bishop of South Sydney [Australia]
The Rt. Rev. Andrew Burnham, Bishop of Ebbsfleet [C of E]
The Rt. Rev. Lindsay Urwin, Bishop of Horsham [C of E]
The Rt. Rev. Wallace Benn, Bishop of Lewes [C of E]
The Rt. Rev. Henry Scriven, Assistant Bishop, Diocese of Pittsburgh [Network]
The Rt. Rev. Bill Atwood, Province of Kenya
The Rt. Rev. Martyn Minns, Convocation of Anglicans in North America [Common Cause/Nigeria]
The Rt. Rev. David Anderson, Convocation of Anglicans in North America [Common Cause/Nigeria]
The Rt. Rev. John Gaisford, lately Bishop of Beverley [C of E]
The Rt. Rev. Edward MacBurney, lately Bishop of Quincy [Network]
The Rt. Rev. Roger Jupp, lately Bishop of Popondota [Papua New Guinea]
The Rt. Rev. David Silk, lately Bishop of Ballarat [Australia]
The Rt. Rev. Nöel Jones, lately Bishop of Sodor and Man [C of E]
The Rt. Rev. Edwin Barnes, lately Bishop of Richborough [C of E]
The Rt. Rev. William Wantland, lately Bishop of Eau Claire [Network, now assist. bishop of Fort Worth]
The Rt. Rev. Donald Parsons, lately Bishop of Quincy [Network]

3 Comments:

Blogger Theodore of Sykeon said...

If only the bishops of Blackburn and Chichester had joined the PEVs, +Fulham and +Rochester!

5:25 PM  
Anonymous dismas said...

Very helpful - a list of episcopal nutters for future reference. How can you call yourself an anglo-catholic and make common cause with headcases like the ineffable Jensen?

7:32 AM  
Anonymous dismas said...

I forgot to mention by name Wallace Benn - member of that misnamed collection of bullies, clowns and semi-Calvinists 'Reform'

7:35 AM  

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