Skip to comments.Then There Were Eight [Episcopal Diocese of Quincy]
Posted on 09/18/2006 4:40:29 PM PDT by sionnsar
Quincy officially joins the party:
A special synod of the Episcopal Diocese of Quincy decided Saturday to seek oversight from an Anglican province other than the Episcopal Church.
About 100 priests and deacons and 50 lay people overwhelmingly approved resolutions that "further distance themselves from the troubled Episcopal Church in the U.S.," according to a diocesan news release.
The request, made during the meeting at Grace Church in Galesburg, will go to the archbishop of Canterbury and leaders of the other Anglican Communion provinces.
The Diocese of Quincy joins seven other U.S. dioceses, including the southeast Illinois Diocese of Springfield, that have asked for alternative oversight since the Episcopal Churchs triennial convention in June failed to declare a moratorium on election of noncelibate homosexual bishops. The moratorium had been requested by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and other Anglican primates.
Bishop Keith Ackerman said the conventions actions could cause the U.S. province to be expelled from the 80 million-member Anglican Communion. The west-central Illinois dioceses constitution requires it to remain in good relationship with the other Anglican provinces, Ackerman said.
The Rev. John Spencer, president of the dioceses standing committee, said another reason for the request was because of the theology of Presiding Bishop-elect Katharine Jefferts Schori. The Nevada bishop, elected presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church at the June General Convention, has approved blessings for same-sex unions in her diocese and also voted in 2003 to approve the election of Bishop Gene Robinson, an openly noncelibate homosexual, as bishop of New Hampshire.
"Quincy and the other dioceses are unwilling to accept the leadership of the controversial Schori," the news release stated.
The Diocese of Quincy legally is still a part of The Episcopal Church, Spencer said. Alternative oversight would mean a presiding bishop or archbishop other than Schori would consecrate a new Quincy bishop or would mediate disputes.
Synod delegates also "passed a strong resolution affirming the historic faith and practice of the Christian Church and repudiating actions of the Episcopal Churchs national leadership that have sent the denomination into turmoil over the last three years and has driven many Episcopalians around the country to other churches," according to the news release.
With this move, the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri officially has two orthodox dioceses right on its border. One hopes that a future Anglican Communion Network "diocese" will extend west across the river from one or the other. Or both.
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