Statement by the Presiding Bishop on Today's HoB vote

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The following is the statement by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori on the actions of the House of Bishops today, Thursday, September 18, 2008

The House of Bishops worked carefully and prayerfully to consider the weighty matter of Bishop Duncan. The conversation was holy, acknowledging the pain of our deliberations as well as the gratitude many have felt over the years for their relationships with, and the ministry of, Robert Duncan. The House concluded, however, that his actions over recent months and years constitute “abandonment of the communion of this church” and that he should be deposed. Concern was expressed for the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh in the face of leadership which has sought to remove itself from The Episcopal Church. In the days and months ahead, this Church will work to ensure appropriate pastoral care and provision for the members of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, so that mission and ministry in that part of Pennsylvania may continue in the name of Jesus Christ and in the tradition of the Episcopal Church.

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22 comments on “Statement by the Presiding Bishop on Today's HoB vote

  1. Sherri says:

    In the days and months ahead, this Church will work to ensure appropriate pastoral care and provision for the members of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, so that mission and ministry in that part of Pennsylvania may continue in the name of Jesus Christ and in the tradition of the Episcopal Church.

    I hope the diocese is bracing itself for Re-Education. And I’m impressed at her suddenly fluent use of the name of Jesus Christ.

  2. Branford says:

    Feh

  3. GSP98 says:

    ” But to the wicked, God says:
    “What right have you to recite my laws
    or take my covenant on your lips?
    You hate my instruction
    and cast my words behind you.
    When you see a thief, you join with him;
    you throw in your lot with adulterers.
    You use your mouth for evil
    and harness your tongue to deceit.”
    ” Upon the wicked He will rain coals;
    Fire and brimstone and a burning wind
    Shall be the portion of their cup.” Pss. 50:16-19; 11:6

  4. anglicancatholicpriest says:

    Some one once asked George Burns what was the secret to success in show business. “Sincerity, he replied, once you can fake that you can do anything.”

  5. midwestnorwegian says:

    See you in hell Kate.

  6. Stefano says:

    A little bit of history on another occasion of being up against overwhelming cannons. On December 22 ,1944 , General Heinrich Freiherr von Lüttwitz sent the following ultimatum.

    “To the U.S.A. Commander of the encircled town of Bastogne.

    The fortune of war is changing. This time the U.S.A. forces in and near Bastogne have been encircled by strong German armored units. More German armored units have crossed the river Our near Ortheuville, have taken Marche and reached St. Hubert by passing through Hompre-Sibret-Tillet. Libramont is in German hands.

    There is only one possibility to save the encircled U.S.A. troops from total annihilation: that is the honorable surrender of the encircled town. In order to think it over a term of two hours will be granted beginning with the presentation of this note.

    If this proposal should be rejected one German Artillery Corps and six heavy A. A. Battalions are ready to annihilate the U.S.A. troops in and near Bastogne. The order for firing will be given immediately after this two hours term.

    All the serious civilian losses caused by this artillery fire would not correspond with the well-known American humanity.

    The German Commander.”

    General McAuliffe’s reply was short and now well known. It may yet prove to be a model for appropriate replies to fascist demands.

  7. Chris Taylor says:

    “The conversation was holy” Give me a break!!!! Hasn’t she ever read Orwell? These folks are SOOOOOO clueless that they really do need our prayers — and our pity.

  8. Chris Hathaway says:

    Cry, ‘Hamock!’, and let slip the hogs of bore.

    Everything this woman says is blah blah blah blah blah, the same stupidity and arrogance and craven mendacity. The only time she won’t be breathing evil is when she stops breathing.

  9. Brian of Maryland says:

    Tonight I am ashamed to be a full communion partner with TEC.

    Brian
    ELCA Pastor

  10. Words Matter says:

    I’ll say this: the woman has her god-talk down pretty good.

  11. robroy says:

    [blockquote] I’ll say this: the woman has her god-talk down pretty good.[/blockquote]
    I doubt she actually wrote it. It was written by Sauls or somebody weeks ago.

  12. w.w. says:

    [blockquote]…so that mission and ministry in that part of Pennsylvania may continue in the name of Jesus Christ and in the tradition of the Episcopal Church.[/blockquote]

    For God’s sake, that means letting Bishop Duncan and the Standing Committee carry on. The leadership of TEC sure hasn’t been doing it, not for decades. TEC=The Empty Church (of empty words).

    w.w.

  13. sophy0075 says:

    I thank God for the clarity of today’s events. No one who is faithful can fail to see where the PB and the revisionist bishops are taking TEC.

    I thank God for my priests, vestry, and fellow congregants, who have chosen not to follow the PB et al.

    I thank God for Bishop Duncan, a worthy son of Cranmer!

  14. Cennydd says:

    If this woman has a shred of decency in her, she’ll apologize for what she has done. Unfortunately she hasn’t……and she won’t! Ultimately, God will hold her accountable for her role in the destruction of His Church in the United States of America, and she will feel His wrath soon.

  15. trooper says:

    The joy of deposition is rather obvious, if you’re reading the opposition’s blogs. At which point do you concede defeat, and question whether you ought to be in this fight at all? This is just the first, IMHO, of losses. Brace yourself, Bishop Iker, the next wave will sweep you under, (though the real Church Catholic, I’m sure, is ready to save you). Pray the the Catholic Church.

  16. evan miller says:

    “The traditions of the Episcopal Church??” Whatever happened to its tradition of nearly 400 years of adhering to Holy Scripture, preaching the Gospel, and rightly administering the Sacraments? She and her ilk have hijacked our once magnificant church and, hiding behind it’s beautiful facade, have set out hell-bent to remake it into a servant of the anti-Christ.

  17. Phil says:

    Keep your care, Schori: Pittsburgh has learned from San Joaquin, and this Standing Committee’s colors don’t run. In this sense, her move will turn out to be an embarrassment, as we’ll see the people of Pittsburgh themselves reject her garbage, with no evil bishop on which to place the blame.

  18. Passing By says:

    Someday, Somebody will consider the “weighty matter” of you, and find it sorely wanting.

  19. Stuart Smith says:

    Maybe we are under-estimating the power of “true believers”‘s true believing! Give the PB her due: she genuinely believes that the good and godly thing to do is protect TEC from those whose gospel is not inclusive enough. She is also protecting the property of those who have given for the maintenance of the name “Episcopal Church” against the onslaught of the fundamentalists!

    Mind you, this is a strong delusion (ala St. Paul’s warning), but it is not just Byzantine maneuvering…it is the sad product of a church whose theology has gone to cloud cukoo…producing bishops such as Dr. Schori!!

  20. dwstroudmd+ says:

    What? They didn’t reveal the secret salute, handshake, or decoder ring to the world? Hah! As if any Lame-beth attendee was “inadabadaveeda’d” into this! I’m sure this Dolores Umbridge would use the cruciatus curse literally if she thought she could impose her “order” by that. All in the name of the ministry, of course.

  21. libraryjim says:

    #q,
    Note that she only says “in the name of Jesus” and then adds “and the tradition of the Episcopal Church”. No mention of following the teachings of Jesus, just doing things in His name (remember,too, what authority she gives our Lord — very little. He’s just one way to diety among others). It’s the [b]TRADITIONS[/b] (reads ‘canons’) of the New Episcopal Organization that matters — and they only mean what she says they mean, and all other interpretations are [i]verbotten[/i].

    sigh. Sad day.

    Jim Elliott <><

  22. libraryjim says:

    sheesh, that was addressed to #1 (Sherri) not #q. Hit the wrong key. That’s what being out of a job will do to you — not as much practice on the keyboard.

    Jim <><