For those of you who may be tripping over bishops sipping their afternoon tea in Canterbury, let's recall that at the last House of Bishops meeting, the Presiding Bishop railroaded through the deposition of two elderly retired bishops of The Episcopal Church, including 88 year old Bishop Cox.
Remember him? Put your head around that for a minute - 88 years old and "deposed" without due process nor adherance to the canons of the Episcopal Church and what is Bishop Schori's pathetic response?
“I have no ability to reverse or set aside any decision of the House of Bishops, nor does the House once the meeting [of bishops] is adjourned,” Bishop Schori wrote to the Diocese of Central Florida on June 2. However, should the two bishops “wish to re-enter” the Episcopal Church and “seek reinstatement, that is eminently possible,” she said.Her arrogance, her insolence is simply disgraceful. She's either in way over her head like this lady or she wants us to pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.
Anglican Curmudgeon quickly reminds everyone that Schori stepped far beyond her limited authority by setting up a puppet diocese in San Joaquin, California. As he writes, "Her obstinate persistence in refusing to undo her illegal actions---when she alone has the power to correct them---brands her as a fitting object for the scorn of those who have given their lives to the practice of law. Nothing arouses this curmudgeon's ire more than a bishop who defies---and thereby defiles---the canons."
Read George Conger's zinging article here and Anglican Curmudgeon's excellent commentary on the "Bandit Bishop" here. This is must-reading in case anyone thought that Bishop Schori could leave town and think that no one would notice the mess she's left behind.