Thursday, March 27, 2008

TEC Presiding Bishop failed to follow rules for speedy trial of 88 year old retired bishop

BB NOTE: We also note that the Presiding Bishop has now set her sights on conducting a trial of the 80 year old retired bishop of Quincy, the Rt. Rev. Edward H. MacBurney. You can read more about that here and here.

In the meantime, George Conger reports on the latest regarding the Presiding Bishop's actions against 88 year old retired bishop, William Cox. The more we learn about the miscarriage of justice by the Presiding Bishop and her Chancellor with their disregard of the canons and procedures of the church, the more alarming it becomes. No wonder the majority of the House of Bishops failed to show up at Camp Allen. Who would want to be a party to this? Tell me, who?

Here's George Conger's

US Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori failed to follow the procedural rules governing the trial of Bishop William Cox for “abandonment of the Communion” of the Episcopal Church an investigation by The Church of England Newspaper has found.

In a March 12 press conference, Bishop Schori stated she had not followed rules governing the requirement that the 88-year old retired bishop be granted a speedy trial, that he be informed of the charges against him in a timely fashion, and that the consent of the church’s senior bishops be solicited by the Presiding Bishop to suspend him from office pending trial. A subsequent investigation by CEN in conjunction with The Living Church magazine revealed an insufficient number of votes to convict were cast also.

The Bishop of Central Florida has called for a review of the proceedings, and the president of the church’s appellate court of review for the trial of bishops is understood to have agreed to look into the proceedings.

Read the rest here.

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