Admiral of Morality: Episcopal Church: Secessionist Diocese of Fort Worth Meeting in Convention

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Episcopal Church: Secessionist Diocese of Fort Worth Meeting in Convention

The secessionist Diocese of Fort Worth meets this weekend in Convention, to consider how best to further isolate itself from the wider Episcopal Church. The Diocese opposes openly gay clergy, and upon this fact has built a flimsy basis for insisting it may withdraw from the work and governance of the Church that created it in the first instance. Among the proposals expected to be voted down this weekend is one setting up a diocesan commission to facilitate a listening process to bring gays and lesbians face to face with those who demonize them.

Five questions for the secessionist bishops

1. The Diocese of ________ was created by The General Convention in _____. You are a bishop duly authorized by this same Convention, to function within The Episcopal Church. (a) Upon what basis do you believe it is within your canonical authority to alter the historic relation and status of the diocese? (b) If your basis is theological or pastoral, how does your theological/pastoral position become canonical?

2. Why do you believe or expect, The Episcopal Church must agree to your interpretations or actions?

3. (a) How do you propose to continue within The Episcopal Church when you do not consider yourself part of The Episcopal Church? (b) On what basis do you expect The Episcopal Church to permit the undermining of a diocese it has created?

4. (a) Why if you are not pleased with The Episcopal Church, do you continue to operate within it? (b) If you consider the Church apostate, would it not be preferable to immediately depart the church, rather than risk your salvation? ( c) Which statement best describes your attitude towards the Episcopal Church? (1) It is the rightful Anglican province. (2) It must be replaced as the rightful Anglican province.

5. You have recently received letters from the Episcopal Chancellor. Have you replied to his request to cease and desist from altering your constitution to sever it from The Episcopal Church? Why or why not?

2 Comments:

Blogger Padre Mickey said...

Fine questions, Admiral. Now, is anyone brave enough to provide them to the Secessionist Bishops? Do the Secessionist Bishops even accept questions from other than their faithful followers?

11/18/2006 04:57:00 PM  
Blogger The AoM said...

No, padre, I suspect they don't. If they do, they tend to exhibit wild contortions of logic and reason as they work to wiggle away from any questions or ideas or people they don't like. Or get to approve.

11/18/2006 10:30:00 PM  

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