Skip to comments.Breaking: +Iker Receives Threat Letter from Schori
Posted on 11/08/2007 7:08:41 PM PST by Huber
8 November 2007
The Rt. Rev. Jack Iker The Episcopal Diocese of Ft. Worth 2900 Alemeda Street Fort Worth, TX 76108
As you are undoubtedly aware, it is my view that recent amendments to your Diocese's constitution violate the Constitutional requirement that the Diocese maintain an "unqualified accession" to the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church. I have now reviewed several proposed constitutional amendments that will be considered at your forthcoming diocesan convention. It is evident to me that several of these proposed changes would further violate the Church's Constitution, while some other proposed changes would undo the problems created by the earlier amendments. It is clear from your public statements and from what I understand your position to be regarding these matters that you endorse the first set of changes. Your statements and actions in recent months demonstrate an intention to lead your diocese into a position that would purportedly permit it to depart from the Episcopal Church. All these efforts, in my view, display a fundamental misunderstanding of the relationship between The Episcopal Church and its dioceses.
I call upon you to recede from this direction and to lead your diocese on a new course that recognizes the interdependent and hierarchical relationship between the national Church and its dioceses and parishes. That relationship is at the heart of our mission, as expressed in our polity. Specifically, I sincerely hope that you will change your position and urge your diocese at its forthcoming convention to adopt the proposed amendments that will bring the Diocese's constitution into agreement with the Church's Constitution and Canons.
If your course does not change, I shall regrettably be compelled to see that appropriate canonical steps are promptly taken to consider whether you have abandoned the Communion of this Church -- by actions and substantive statements, however, they may be phrased -- and whether you have committed canonical offences that warrant disciplinary action.
It grieves me that any bishop of this Church would seek to lead any of its members out of it. I would remind you of my open offer of an Episcopal Visitor if you wish to receive pastoral care from another bishop. I continue to pray for reconciliation of this situation, and I remain
Your servant in Christ,
Katharine Jefferts Schori
Any time now and you are going to get a “threatening” letter. No more wine at the table; just grape juice like us Baptists.
No response from the Bishop yet on the diocese web site.
Has KJS proclaimed herself Popess yet? Perhaps she could be addressed as “Your Inclusiveness”.
“Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation: so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man.”
—From the 39 Articles of Religion of the Anglican Communion, adopted in 1801 by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States. Discarded by The Episcopagan Cult in 1979.
Do they ALL
your SERVANT in Christ when they are lowering the boom?
It's amazing to me that the more heretical a TEC or ELCA mis-leader is, the more likely that she (and it usually is a she) will be high-handed and dictatorial, with no concern whatsoever for conciliarity. And--of course--these petty tyrants always crack down on the orthodox, either for exercing their orthodoxy, or for trying to set up conditions under which they are able to exercise it.
I'm sending this message to you, Tony, since I believe that prior to yur leaving the ELCA, you were a member of a synod under a tyrannical revisionist "bishopess".
Picture the look of surprise on my face.
Here’s hoping (and praying) that Jack Fort Worth continues to stand firm (along with the other orthodox prelates) against the attacks of Dr. Jefferts-Schori.
Oh for those good old days of the Inquisition and burning heretics at the stake.
By the way:
” Friday, November 9, 2007
of Bishop Ikers ordination to the priesthood.”
Perhaps this is just the presiding bishopress’s way of honoring the occaision.
I’m reading between the lines here but it looks like Bishop Iker and his diocese are getting ready to bolt from the ECUSA and are trying to set things up so they can take their church and property with them. Her inclusiveness is threating to squash him like a bug if he tries it. Am I missing anything?
“Has KJS proclaimed herself Popess yet? Perhaps she could be addressed as Your Inclusiveness.”
Or since she apparently considers herself to be the sole voice of authority in the Episcopal Church, “Her Magisterium”?
Gman wins the thread. Congrats. I really hope that +Iker, +Duncan, and the others tell her something along those lines.
I don’t think that diocese acknowledges the Presiding Bishopess—in line with Catholic tradition and teaching the don’t accept the legitimacy of priestesses. So I wouldn’t be surprised if there is no response to this non-entity who calls herself a bishop.
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