"A Statement on the Consents to the Ordination and Consecration of Bishop Shannon Johnston"
July 24, 2007
The process of requesting and receiving consents is governed by the Office of the Presiding Bishop through various administrative departments.
The process of obtaining consents for the ordination and consecration of Bishop Shannon Johnston followed by the Standing Committee of The Diocese of Virginia was approved and confirmed by the general Church.
Translation: It's not our fault.
The procedures we followed have been in widespread use throughout the Church for at least a decade.
Translation: We say the same thing about ordaining non-celibate unmarried clergy and bishops and performing same sex unions.
We received over 80 signed consent forms, and our process was confirmed by the act of consecration in a joy-filled service presided over by the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church.
Translation: Rather than answering the question of whether we followed the canons of the Episcopal Church, let's change the subject.
The people, churches and institutions of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia are enjoying the first fruits of Bishop Johnston's ministry among us as we journey together, stewarding our heritage for future generations of the Church."
Translation: Some canons are more equal than others. Some you use to sue, and some you just pooh-pooh.