"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.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

PB Schori Writes to ++Venables

Archbishop Venables of the Province of the Southern Cone has received a note from the presiding bishop. The text of the letter is as follows (hattip to Stand Firm):
Dear Gregory,

I write to urge you not to bring further discord into The Episcopal Church. Visiting a special convocation of the Diocese of Fort Worth with the expressed purpose of describing removal to the Province of the Southern Cone is an unprecedented and unwarranted invasion of, and meddling in, the internal affairs of this Province. I ask you to consider how you might receive such a visit to your own Province from a fellow primate. The actions contemplated by some leaders in Fort Worth are profoundly uncanonical. They also prevent needed reconciliation from proceeding within this Province.

I urge you to focus your pastoral ministry within your own Province. May your ministry there be fruitful. I remain

Your servant in Christ,
Katharine Jefferts Schori

Our worthy bishop, the Rt. Rev. Jack Leo Iker, quickly posted a note on Stand Firm regarding the PeeBee's objection: "Archbishop Venables is coming to the Diocese at my invitation and as an honored guest, which hardly makes it “an unwarranted invasion.” The only meddling going on here is on Katharine’s part. And who is she to accuse someone else of uncanonical actions? +JLI."

Archbishop Venables arrives here Thursday night (sadly too late to make our 6:30PM Ascension mass at St. Vincent's) and will spend the day with the clergy of the diocese on Friday. On Saturday a special convocation of the diocesan convention will spend the day with him. Then on Sunday the archbishop will preach at the cathedral at 9AM and 11:15AM.

I am so looking forward to this! Clearly the presiding bishop doesn't want us to hear what he has to say. That must mean it will be well worth hearing. Do please come to St. Vincent's to worship with us and hear the archbishop preach on Sunday if you can!


Anonymous Jill C. said...

I am going to try to come over that way to hear Presiding Bishop Venables. Listening to him right now from San Joaquin!

9:29 PM  

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