Skip to comments.Statement on St. John's, Bristol [CT]
Posted on 07/19/2005 3:36:00 PM PDT by sionnsar
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Letter to Bishop Andrew Smith of Connecticut
I am in receipt of your Notice of Inhibition of Fr. Mark Hansen, and am aware of your seizure of his parish. Needless to say, your actions are not only illicit and contrary to the canons of this Church, they are not worthy of anyone claiming the responsibility of the apostolic office. You have caused great harm to the Church here and abroad, and have, unfortunately, demonstrated a mind-set more in keeping with the Prince of this world than the Prince of Peace.
Any canonist worthy of the name knows that you have deliberately misused Canon IV.10 in order to attack someone who upholds the Catholic Faith in a manner deliberately designed to deny him any hearing or trial. You grieve the heart of Our Blessed Lord. However, I fear your own actions demonstrate any inability to see what you have done wrong, or to bring you to the repentance your soul so desperately needs to save you from spiritual death. I pray for you with great sadness.
--The Rt. Rev. William Wantland, Retired Bishop of Eau Claire
Just wanted to thank you again for the absolutely superb job of keeping all of us current on this rapidly breaking, and changing story..
Ouch! I think I speak for all of us when I say that I'd rather have had a whipping any day than to have my folks tell me how disappointed they were in something I'd done. Let's pray Bp. Smith isn't so far gone that he can't still feel shamed because Bp. Wantland has shamed him, and very well.
Thanks! Fortunately, this church camp has Internet access and an afternoon downtime that lets me keep up...
Enjoy your retreat..BTW..is there a lot of discussion/interest about what's happening in CT?
I had thought the group was largely ECUSA, but it seems it might not be. One of the three priests here is CEC. I think I'm holding down the, um, Anglo-Catholic wing...
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