Skip to comments.[+Schofield] Drawing the Line
Posted on 11/16/2006 5:23:44 PM PST by sionnsar
The TECleft should get a kick out of this:
In a message to his diocese as it prepares for its convention, San Joaquin Bishop John-David Schofield urged members to vote your faith over constitutional changes that he has largely developed in consultation with his chancellor, chief financial officer and canon to the ordinary. Convention meets Dec. 1-2 at St. James Community Center in Fresno.
If you have been following the news, you know that standing strong for the Lord subjects one to reprisals and persecution from the leadership of [The Episcopal Church], Bishop Schofield wrote. I have been repeatedly threatened for my opposition to the heresy of the American Church.
Taking this stand could cost us, says Schofield. A lot.
If convention approves the first reading of the proposed amendment, the Presiding Bishop could file lawsuits seeking to have members desiring to remain with The Episcopal Church declared the legitimate trustees of diocesan assets, according to Bishop Schofield, who said he has received legal advice indicating that there would be significant financial cost, but that the diocese would ultimately prevail. However, property considerations are, and should be, secondary to our spiritual salvation and well being, Bishop Schofield said.
In addition to the risk of legal action, clergy also face uncertainty with respect to health benefits and their pension. Those with pensions of five years or more have vested (or protected) insurance against losing anything that is already due to them, Bishop Schofield said. Those who have been with the Pension Plan of the Church fewer than five years may be surprised to learn that other financial institutions are prepared to offer similar plans with a vesting taking place from the first day of participation Equally, medical insurance as well as dental plans will be made available to clergy and lay employees.
Given the recent San Diego ruling as well as the Los Angeles decisions of some time back, Schofield's diocese may be a good deal better situated than most. So far, California judges seem not to be intimidated by TEC's pretensions. Be that as it may, San Joaquin should be under no illusions. 815 will fight them and fight them hard.
They have them.
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