Tuesday, January 15, 2008

TEC Senior Bishops veto effort by Bishop Schori and "Title IV Review" committee to inhibit Bishop of Pittsburgh

From here:

Effort to Inhibit Pittsburgh Bishop Unsuccessful

An effort to inhibit the Rt. Rev. Robert Duncan, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, has not been supported by The Episcopal Church’s senior bishops.

The news, along with a copy of the allegations made by the chancellor to the Presiding Bishop against Bishop Duncan and the Title IV Review Committee’s decision to certify that, in their opinion, Bishop Duncan “had abandoned the communion of this church,” came in a letter from The Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori late in the day on January 15.

Bishop Duncan offered a brief response to the news, saying, “Few bishops have been more loyal to the doctrine, discipline and worship of The Episcopal Church. I have not abandoned the Communion of this Church. I will continue to serve and minister as the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh."

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori's letter to Bishop Duncan is here.
The full report of the Title IV review committee is here.

5 comments:

William said...

While inhibition might have been thwarted, the foundation has been laid (in the form of the Review Committees' certification) to depose +Duncan. That is the goal, not inhibition.

RSchllnbrg said...

Radical Inclusion, Radical Inclusion.

I'm so proud to be part of a church that states it believes in radical inclusion!

Oh wait ... that would be inclusion of some but not all of us it appears. Is that what makes it um, radical?

And for God's sake, couldn't the Presiding Bishop start her letter off with somethingother than "I'm so sorry to tell you this ..." when she started the whole process and asked for it to happen.

Now that's inclusive. Kicking people out ...

Kevin said...

May God bless those in the PB's cross-hairs and may +Duncan be given the grace to stand strong in the upcoming months.

ettu said...

Yes - unfortunately deposition is in the wind - this present step does however cast a significant shadow over the temporal - legal -activiites of this bishop from this point on -

Andy said...

I have an aching sense that the PB will attempt to launch her own version of the Nacht der langen Messer before this all comes to a close. Unfortunately for her and the entire TEC, it'll be a Pyrrhic victory that could easily sound the death knell for for the church.