Skip to comments.Father Mark Hansen Formally Denies Inhibition Charges
Posted on 07/29/2005 12:28:39 PM PDT by sionnsar
The Rev. Mark Hansen today issued a good faith denial to Andrew Smith, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, making a formal declaration that he has not abandoned the Communion of the Episcopal Church.
On Wednesday, July 13, 2005, Bishop Smith inhibited Father Hansen, rector of St. Johns Episcopal Church, Bristol, and seized the churchs property despite protests by church staff and elected leaders. Under Episcopal Church Canon Law [Title IV, Canon 10, Sec. 1], the bishops order of inhibition bars Father Hansen from serving his congregation and exercising his ordained ministry. The bishop cited abandonment of Communion as grounds for his action, a charge Father Hansen has consistently denied, and Bishop Smith has not disclosed facts to support his claims. The six-month inhibition could ultimately result in the bishops deposing Father Hansen.
During the six-month period, Section Two of Canon 10 allows for a clergy person who is inhibited to provide a written and signed statement representing a good faith denial of specific declarations or actions upon which the inhibition is based. Church law is clear that if the bishop is reasonably satisfied that such a statement constitutes a good faith denial the bishop shall withdraw the notice and the Inhibition shall expire. Given the fact that the bishop has failed to provide evidence to corroborate his charges, and in light of Father Hansens statement of denial, it is hoped that Bishop Smith will immediately lift the inhibition.
Bishop Smith has been the center of a strong theological dispute with St. Johns as well as five other churches in his diocese, and each congregation has appealed to the Archbishop of Canterbury for alternative oversight as called for by the Primates of the Anglican Communion. Bishop Smith has for two months threatened inhibition of the so-called Connecticut Six clergy for abandonment of Communion. Orthodox leaders in the Episcopal Church have strongly condemned Bishop Smiths recent actions against Father Hansen as an unfounded and unsubstantiated abuse of canon law.
What would be more effective is filing a wrongful termination suit for injunctive relief and damages.
Viscerally satisfying, perhaps, but explicitly frowned upon in Scripture.
No, scripture just prohibits lawsuits between believers.
"Viscerally satisfying, perhaps, but explicitly frowned upon in Scripture."
The scriptural prohibition only talks about disputes between believers--brother Christians. These people are not Christians, and thus there is no scriptural consideration for them. The sooner the remnant faithful in ECUSA realizes this, and take out all tools at their disposal, the better. At this point, the wolves in sheeps' clothing are just having a field day.
You beat me to the punch.
But consider: if Hansen ever goes to court on that basis, then he'll have earned the "abandonment of Communion" charge, and thus tossed his own case out of court. Just one of those unpleasant logical outcomes of being an Episcopal Church.
Better to see how the presentment charges against Smith go, first.
Father Mark Hansen: embattled orthodox Anglican priest from Connecticut. Likely to go down in history as a hero in the emergence of a renewed American Anglicanism.
"Bishop" Mark Hanson: revisionist presiding "bishop" of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Has ENORMOUS delusions of grandeur, and thinks that he can make people do anything he wants with slick words and behind-the scenes machinations. Likely to go down in history as the one who triggered the massive breakup of the ELCA.
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