Bishops of the U.S. Episcopal Church on Wednesday formally kicked two conservative prelates out of the church in the latest jolt for a worldwide Anglican community divided over the role of gays, biblical interpretation and other issues.Yeah, but aren't y'all still in communion with each other? So, really The Episcopal Church welcomes only certain people, no?
The Episcopal Church's House of Bishops meeting in Texas announced that it had voted to "depose" from ordained ministry Bishops John-David Schofield of San Joaquin, California, and William Cox, a retired former bishop from Maryland who now lives in Oklahoma.
Both had previously affiliated with the conservative Anglican Church of the Southern Cone, based in South America.
Schofield led a revolt which saw his 8,000-member Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin become the first diocese to vote to leave the Episcopal Church. Members there placed themselves under South American jurisdiction and have continued to occupy and use church property.
By deposing Schofield the Episcopal Church can now declare his post vacant, bring in a successor and go to court to try to regain the property. Similar property disputes have erupted elsewhere, including a major one in Virginia currently before a court there.
The bishops said Cox was being deposed because he continued to perform rites and other functions after affiliating with the South American church.
Schofield said, "I have not abandoned the Faith. I resigned from the American House of Bishops and have been received into the House of Bishops of the Southern Cone. Both Houses are members of the Anglican Communion."
Friday, March 14, 2008
...checking in with my former faith tradition, as it were....Episcopal(ian) Church deposes two dissident bishops (demanding tolerance from thee but not from me, declares 815--company headquarters). From Reuters