"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.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Major Events in the Diocese and Elsewhere

Bishop Iker has published a letter on the diocesan website in which he describes several interesting recent events.

1. The Rt. Rev. Sam Hulsey, the retired bishop of Northwest Texas (i.e., Lubbock, Amarillo, and surrounding towns), hosted a meeting at his home in Fort Worth of those who are intent on remaining within TEC if our diocese votes to depart from membership in TEC's General Convention later this year. It was apparently attended by only two or three rectors, some retired priests, and a couple of deacons. Such will probably be the nature of the rump "replacement" diocese that PB Schori seems intent on creating if we depart.

2. Bishop Iker received another threatening letter from the presiding bishop.

3. Bishop Duncan of Pittsburgh was officially charged with "abandonment of the communion of the church" but the three senior sitting bishops within TEC refused to concur in his inhibition, so the matter was "kicked upstairs" to a House of Bishops' meeting that will take place later in the year (interestingly, not the next HOB meeting in a couple of months). He remains uninhibited for now.

4. And finally, one bright spot. As Bishop Iker reports, "BISHOP STANTON OF DALLAS AND I had a very good meeting yesterday at St. Vincent’s, where we discussed how to make provision for any parishes in this Diocese that may choose to remain in TEC if the Diocesan Convention votes to separate from The Episcopal Church. We were joined by our Canons to the Ordinary, the Presidents of our respective Standing Committees, and the Chancellor of the Diocese of Dallas. You will be hearing more about this in due course."


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