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Meeting of Clergy in CT Fails to Produce Mandate for Bishop to Inhibit CT 6 [ECUSA]
titusonenine ^ | 4/21/2005 | Kendall Harmon

Posted on 04/21/2005 4:21:38 PM PDT by sionnsar

Six Episcopal priests threatened with inhibition by their bishop attended a gathering of clergy in the Diocese of Connecticut today. Andrew Smith, Bishop of Connecticut, invited clergy to discuss what he termed an impasse with the six congregations.

“While a number of the clergy clearly disagreed with our position, the atmosphere was polite and respectful,” said the Rev. Allyn Benedict, rector of Christ Church, Watertown.

Bishop Smith began the meeting by presenting an outline of the history of the conflict in a timeline format as well as describing the current situation from his perspective.

“Obviously Bishop Smith’s interpretation of events differs greatly from ours,” said the Rev. Christopher Leighton, rector of St. Paul’s, Darien. “His intention for the meeting was to name his charge against us and argue his case in order to gain support from diocesan clergy. Once more, however, his accusation of abandonment of communion remains unfounded, and he has still offered no evidence.”

It became clear quickly in the meeting that the assembled clergy had no heart for the bishop’s proceeding with inhibition. The group urged Bishop Smith to refrain from inhibiting the six clergy, and one priest recommended that all discussion of such action be tabled in order to pursue a positive resolution.

“The fact is Bishop Smith received no mandate for his threatened action. He has no support from the primates, the canons of the church nor even the clergy of his diocese,” said the Rev. Gil Wilkes, rector of Christ and the Epiphany, East Haven.

While many in the meeting expressed a deep desire to turn back the clock and begin again to discuss Delegated Episcopal Pastoral Oversight (DEPO), the Connecticut Six contend this is simply impossible.

“The bishop and Standing Committee of this diocese have charged us publicly with having abandoned the communion of the church. This charge is false,” said Father Benedict. “How can we talk about DEPO with an unjust verdict hanging over our heads?”

“If we could miraculously turn the clock back, we would need to return to July 2003 before the Episcopal Church USA (ECUSA) abandoned Scripture and the faith and order of Anglicanism,” said Father Leighton. “Unless ECUSA repents and returns to the apostolic faith, we cannot go back.”

“Following this meeting we are left wondering every day if letters of inhibition will arrive. The stress on us, our families, our congregations and beyond is enormous, and the hope of resolution grows more complex with each moment,” he continued.

TOPICS: Mainline Protestant
KEYWORDS: angpost5; ct6; ecusa

1 posted on 04/21/2005 4:21:41 PM PDT by sionnsar
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2 posted on 04/21/2005 4:22:25 PM PDT by sionnsar (†† || Iran Azadi || Where are we going, and why are we in this handbasket?)
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This is a very interesting article in that it demonstrates in a way I hadn't seen before, the Episcopalian, and for all I know, the Anglican notion of "communion". The priests say they have been threatened with disposition for abandoning communion "with the church". In Orthodoxy, communion wouldn't be a description of the relation between a priest and "the church", but rather of that between bishops and other bishops. To the extent that clergy and faithful are unified around their bishop in a diocese, those clergy and faithful are "in communion" with the clergy and faithful in other dioceses where the bishops are in communion with the bishop of the first diocese. Were a similar situation to develop in an Orthodox diocese, unless there were a way for the priest and the bishop to work out a transfer, which likely couldn't happen if the issue was heresy, then a disobedient priest would simply be defrocked I suspect. His only recourse, I suppose, would, in the case of the GOA, be to the Patriarchal Synod.

I appreciate this post because it further fleshes out for me what these men mean when they speak of communion.
3 posted on 04/21/2005 6:08:22 PM PDT by Kolokotronis ("Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips!" (Psalm 141:3))
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The Bishops next step should be to fire all of the priests in the Diocese. None of them apparently are willing to show unwavering loyalty and submission to him.

4 posted on 04/21/2005 8:41:44 PM PDT by PAR35
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I appreciate this post because it further fleshes out for me what these men mean when they speak of communion.

You're welcome. I'm still trying to figure it out too. It is different from what our bishop described, which seems rather closer to Orthodoxy.

5 posted on 04/21/2005 11:01:32 PM PDT by sionnsar (†† || Iran Azadi || Where are we going, and why are we in this handbasket?)
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Well, we'll see what Bishop Smith does with that input.

6 posted on 04/22/2005 11:46:00 AM PDT by polymuser
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