Pursuing the desired outcome of the ‘Windsor process’ - a GSSC report

20 November 2006 - Print Version

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Global South Steering Committee Report from the meetings on Nov 15-17, 2006

The Global South Steering Committee, at the request of the Global South Primates, recently met with bishops and representatives of eight Anglican Communion Network Dioceses who have appealed to the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Global South Primates for various forms of Alternative Primatial Oversight. Representatives of other Windsor-compliant Dioceses and the more than one hundred congregations that are now separated from the Episcopal Church also joined us.

Respective presentations were received expressing the increasingly difficult and, in some cases, untenable situations in which they attempt to live out apostolic faith and historic order. We were distressed to hear of the legalistic and autocratic environment in which some now find themselves as they seek to remain faithful Anglicans within The Episcopal Church.

The Steering Committee will be making its report and recommendation to the Global South Primates when they next meet and will also be sharing them with the Archbishop of Canterbury. Deeply touched by the oftentimes painful and gravely disconcerting testimonies that we heard, the Global South Steering Committee feels morally and spiritually compelled to reassert its deepest solidarity with these orthodox and faithful bishops and representatives.

We express our unequivocal support and heartfelt recognition for their faithful stand and struggles. We urge all faithful members and parishes of these concerned dioceses to remain steadfast in their commitment to Christ as our one and only Lord and Savior during these turbulent days.  We will do all in our power to bring about the desired outcome of the ³Windsor process² so that the refined global Anglican Communion can be faithful to its vocation as part of the ³One, Holy Catholic and Apostolic² Church.

 

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  1. ahearn Says:

    Thank you.

  2. mccabe Says:

    This is also an interesting letter. It reflects the opinions of the vast majority of faithful Episcopalians:

    “The Rt. Rev. John-David Schofield
    Diocese of San Joaquin
    4159 E. Dakota Avenue
    Fresno, California 93726

    My dear brother:

    I have seen reports of your letter to parishes in the Diocese of San Joaquin, which apparently urges delegates to your upcoming Diocesan Convention to take action to leave the Episcopal Church. I would ask you to confirm the accuracy of those reports. If true, you must be aware that such action would likely be seen as a violation of your ordination vows to “uphold the doctrine, discipline, and worship of Christ as this Church has received them.” I must strongly urge you to consider the consequences of such action, not only for yourself but especially for all of the Episcopalians under your pastoral charge and care.

    I certainly understand that you personally disagree with decisions by General Conventions over the past 30 and more years. You have, however, taken vows three times over that period to uphold the “doctrine, discipline, and worship of the Episcopal Church.” If you now feel that you can no longer do so, the more honorable course would be to renounce your orders in this Church and seek a home elsewhere. Your public assertion that your duty is to violate those vows puts many, many people at hazard of profound spiritual violence. I urge you, as a pastor, to consider that hazard with the utmost gravity.

    As you contemplate this action I would also remind you of the trust which you and I both hold for those who have come before and those who will come after us. None of us has received the property held by the Church today to use as we will. We have received it as stewards, for those who enjoy it today and those who will be blessed by the ministry its use will permit in the future. Our forebears did not build churches or give memorials with the intent that they be removed from the Episcopal Church. Nor did our forebears give liberally to fund endowments with the intent that they be consumed by litigation.

    The Church will endure whatever decision you make in San Joaquin. The people who are its members, however, will suffer in the midst of this conflict, and probably suffer unnecessarily. Jesus calls us to take up our crosses daily, but not in the service of division and antagonism. He calls us to take up our crosses in his service of reconciling the world to God. Would that you might lead the people of San Joaquin toward decisions that build up the Body, that bring abundant life to those within and beyond our Church, that restore us to oneness.

    I stand ready for conversation and reconciliation. May God bless your deliberation.

    I remain

    Your servant in Christ,

    +Katharine

  3. Fatherbear Says:

    I wonder on what basis you speak for the “majority of faithful episcopalians”?  Faithful to what? Certainly not to the “faith once revealed”

    The PB’s letter makes clear that in the end it is all about property and finances:

    “Our forebears did not build churches or give memorials with the intent that they be removed from the Episcopal Church”

  4. mccabe Says:

    Fatherbear,

    Your correct, it is all about money and power. The really interesting questions all relate to who actual wants the money and foe what purpose. The is no question as to who owns the money. The questions relate to who actually wants to take the wealth from TEC.

    Of course in this case, we also see a The Presiding Bishop given notice to a subordinate bishop that the subordinate’s actions are unacceptable to the corporation. The superior is serving notice that action will be taken to dismiss the subordinate if the care is not given to legal obligations incurred by his public and written ‘vows’ of office.

    “You have, however, taken vows three times over that period to uphold the “doctrine, discipline, and worship of the Episcopal Church.” If you now feel that you can no longer do so, the more honorable course would be to renounce your orders in this Church and seek a home elsewhere. Your public assertion that your duty is to violate those vows puts many, many people at hazard of profound spiritual violence. I urge you, as a pastor, to consider that hazard with the utmost gravity.”

    A very clear warning.

  5. Rev Sinclair Says:

    Mccabe,

    There comes a time when the clergy sense that the vow is first and foremost to His Lord and in fact, he breaks his vows if he follows his superior into heresy.

    By now, >15 dioceses and bishops are breaking away or seeking alternative pastoral arrangements. We are no longer talking about a few clergy here and there.

    One needs to be sleeping to not understand the true nature of what is happening. We may disagree, but the current moves are highly understandable to any thinking Christian adult, given TEC ‘consistency’ and a new ‘speak like boss, same like boss’ PB who keeps tripping up each time she speaks.

    And it is NOT about money. Some may find it hard to grasp that it is possible for folks to leave the long cherished security of 815 due solely to spiritual convictions. I suppose we project our own values upon the motives of others.

    TEC can keep all her money and self perceived international influence & power. Just leave the rest of the Communion alone to be the Church we know we are called to be.

    It’s sad we have to come to this but let no ne said TEC was not given the opportunities to right herself.

  6. mccabe Says:

    Dear Rev. Sinclair,

    “TEC can keep all her money and self perceived international influence & power. Just leave the rest of the Communion alone to be the Church we know we are called to be.”

    It is not TEC that is making any other churches conform to its’ standards. On the contrary, it is external extremism that is causing harm within my church.

    “It’s sad we have to come to this but let none said TEC was not given the opportunities to right herself.”

    We have nothing to ‘right’ in our own internal affairs. Any member is free to leave our church and follow Christ as they understand Him. That is certainly what our faithful servant in Christ, +Katharine was telling the oath breaker John-David Schofield.

  7. Bill Channon Says:

    ““You have, however, taken vows three times over that period to uphold the “doctrine, discipline, and worship of the Episcopal Church.” “

    I rather thought that +Scxhofield’s ordination vows were to be faithful to the Christian Church, to Jesus Christ, to the Great Commission of winning souls to Christ.  Since when did vows to uphold the Episcopal Church supercede those vows to uphold Christ’s Church?

    Who is walking away from whom?  The Episcopal Church by its failure to uphold LOambeth 10.1, by many dioceses in the Episcopal church who announced that they planned to disobey the Episcopal Convetion’s resolution on abstaining against SSUs.  At a time when the Episcopal Ch is sailing full speed away from the Anglican Communion, having not only fractured the bonds of affection but severed them, is it not surprising that more and more Episcopalians asre waking up and refusing to sail with the Episcopalian Church but remain aboard the Anglican Communion to worship and serve the living Lord Jesus.

  8. mccabe Says:

    Brother in Christ, Bill Channon,

    His vows are found in the Book of Common Prayer used by the Episcopal Church and are very specific in nature. You and others may agrue that the oath breaker John-David Schofield is bound by some other duty, however, his public vows are there for all to read.

    He is free to break his vows and leave his office. He is also responsible to God for the actual vows that he has publically taken in order to be consecrated as a Bishop of the Episcopal Church. He is paid to uphold his office based on his covenant with the Episcopla Church. The man is clearly not a man of honor or trust worthy in his duty.

    Christ himself warned that those that could not be trusted in small things must certainly could not be trusted in great things. The oath breaker John-David Schofield and his kind must be dismissed from service under the Canon Law of TEC.

    I personally would also urge the Episcopal Church or members of his diocese to file criminal charges against him for his misuse corporate funds for personal gain.

  9. Shannon Says:

    mccabe,

    I believe Schofield’s vows were taken from the **1928** BCP. Slight difference there.

  10. David Says:

    “We will do all in our power to bring about the desired outcome of the “Windsor process” so that the refined global Anglican Communion can be faithful to its vocation as part of the “One, Holy Catholic and Apostolic” Church.”

    This statement sounds like the GS Primates already know what the “desired outcome of the Windsor Process” will be. As I understand it (and I may be wrong), We are ALL supposed to be engaging in a listening process, as first expressed in Lambeth 1.10 and reaffirmed in the Windsor Report. This listening process is supposed to be engaged throught the Communion, not solely in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada. 

    This leads me to ask the following: can one truly be “listening” if they already “doing all in their power to bring about the desired outcome”?

  11. mccabe Says:

    David it has never really been an open discussion or listening process on the part of those outside of the ‘Church of the West’.

    For Shannon, made out of dust and yet another child God like me:

    Is there really a difference? Nice attempt at a side step but, it isn’t going to work.

    from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer:

    Ҧ Then shall the Presiding Bishop demand Testimonials of the person presented for Consecration, and shall cause them to be read.

    ¶ He shall then require of him the following Promise of Conformity to the Doctrine, Discipline, and Worship of the Protestant Episcopal Church.

    IN the Name of God, Amen. I, N., chosen Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in N., do promise conform-ity and obedience to the Doctrine, Discipline, and Worship of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America. So help me God, through Jesus Christ.”

    from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer:

    “BishopAs a chief priest and pastor, will you encourage and support all baptized people in their gifts and ministries, nourish them from the riches of God’s grace, pray for them without ceasing, and celebrate with them the sacraments of our redemption?

    AnswerI will, in the name of Christ, the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls.

    BishopWill you guard the faith, unity, and discipline of the Church?

    AnswerI will, for the love of God.

    and ....

    “All stand.  The Presiding Bishop then says

    N., through these promises you have committed yourself to God, to serve his Church in the office of bishop. We therefore call upon you, chosen to be a guardian of the Church’s faith, to lead us in confessing that faith.”

    Notice that the Creed has no mention of the Bible. Has that escaped your attention?