This past week I saw first-hand how some traditionalist activists in the Diocese of Texas, including many long-time friends in my own big parish, St. John the Divine Houston, are mobilizing under the radar to elect a bishop who will almost certainly lead the diocese out of the Episcopal Church. After yesterday’s events, I see this as pretty much a foregone conclusion.
Many of these activists are fine people who care deeply about the Gospel ”” but they also care way too much about the Current Disputes, and they’re organizing pretty effectively to capture the levers of control in the diocese. I hope I’m wrong, but I think it won’t be long before the Diocese of Texas goes the way of Pittsburgh, Fort Worth, and the like, and that it will eventually leave the Episcopal Church.
[UPDATE: So there’s no confusion about the previous sentence, neither Pittsburgh nor Fort Worth (dioceses) have left the Episcopal Church ”” at least not yet. From my perspective, though, that’s just a matter of time; neither diocese’s leadership seems to be willing to be associated with the so-called heretics and apostates who, they think, dominate TEC, and I think the next bishop and diocesan council of Texas will be of like mind.]