Thursday, September 28, 2006

An Update on Bp Schofield

An update from the Diocese of San Joaquin website, following up on something I've mentioned before:

"All Charges Dropped

Bishop John-David Schofield received a call this morning from Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold stating that the Review Committee met and voted unanimously to drop all charges against Bishop Schofield. The Review Committee also found that the use of Canon IV.9 (Abandonment of Communion) was an inappropriate use of canon law."

I hope that this is one of the first signs of detente in the Episcopal Church.

You can always hope, can't you?



Blogger Unknown said...

Hey Preston,
How's Canada these days?
Any thoughts about the latest proposed changes to the San Joaquin diocesan constitution? They don't exactly strike me as "detente."


Wednesday, October 04, 2006 12:24:00 PM  
Blogger Preston said...

Canada's great! Karen and I both are happy to be back home.

I posted this before I saw the constitutional changes. Detente probably isn't the word for those changes. Detente would assume that the relationships are moving towards conciliation, but this is a movement toward separation.

Howard - if you're out there, your comments on this would be helpful.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006 2:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was shocked by these proposed changes, but I have been shocked by so much that has been happening recently. I don't know who is on the committee that wrote the changes or how they came to write them. I am hoping that we have an opportunity to pray and come to a Spirit-led decision rather than voting it out.
When your Archbishop is a woman who denies the uniqueness of Jesus Christ, what do you do? I am willing to suffer in humility and silence or make radical changes as long as I know that we are acting from a position of unity through the Holy Spirit, since I don't think that the Spirit works through simple majorities. Obviously, we need prayer and to be praying for our brothers and sisters from whom we are considering a divorce.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006 5:29:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Whatever happens, I wish you and your diocese the best even if that means a temporary separation. (Mind you, I do see our separation from Rome and the Orthodox Churches as temporary even though it's been centuries.) Perhaps, it'll give us some time and space to breathe so that our ministries can continue. I'll keep you in my prayers. All I ask is that you keep the rest of us in your prayers, especially for us to learn patience and humility to find out the way the Spirit is truly guiding us. . . . I admit that we can get a little ahead of ourselves at times and bow down before the "idol of conscience" (to borrow a phrase from Bp. Duncan Gray of Mississippi).

In Christ,

Thursday, October 05, 2006 7:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our separation must be temporary if we are worshipping the One-True God, in whom there is no East or West, although for this separation to end we must lay down our idols as you so accurately alluded!

My prayer is that we all come to experience the Love of God in a new and radical way, not judging between good and evil but being transformed out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life. Fr. Mike Flynn preached about this on Anglican TV.

Thank you for asking for my prayers, you can be assured that Erin and I will lift up you and the Diocese of Mississippi. We might even throw in some thanksgivings for Rupert's Land.

By the by, when is that St. Mary Magdalene site going to be up? Too busy administering the sacraments?

Friday, October 06, 2006 3:23:00 PM  
Blogger Preston said...

Howard - soon and yes. A vestry member is working on the website, and I'm feeling very busy.

Friday, October 06, 2006 5:42:00 PM  

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