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Bishop James Mote, 84, led split over Episcopal women's ordination
Plain Dealer ^ | May 21, 2006 | anon

Posted on 05/22/2006 8:29:48 AM PDT by fgoodwin

Bishop James Mote, 84, led split over Episcopal women's ordination

Sunday, May 21, 2006 From wire reports

Indianapolis- Bishop James Mote, who made national headlines in 1977 when he led his Denver congregation out of the Episcopal Church after it began ordaining women, died April 29.

He was 84 and had been in a nursing home in Indianapolis, his hometown.

Mote's battle with his former bishop, William Frey, leader of the Colorado Episcopal diocese, went on for months because Frey didn't want the congregation to leave.

When St. Mary's Church, which Mote headed, met to vote on secession in 1977, only members were allowed in, and that excluded Frey.

Two-thirds voted to follow Mote, and the other third moved to another location for worship.

Last week, Frey called Mote "a great pastor," but he recalled the secession time as "painful" for the entire diocese.

The secession led to a nearly 10-year property battle between St. Mary's and the Colorado diocese that went to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1986, the court refused to hear the case, letting stand an earlier ruling that gave the property to the diocese.

The diocese leased the building back to the congregation for $1 a year for 10 years, after which the property was sold to St. Mary's for about $100,000.

Mote, beloved by many and disliked by others in his congregation, went on to become a bishop in a breakaway church, the Anglican Catholic Church.

He steadfastly maintained that the new denomination wasn't a breakaway but rather the true Episcopal Church that stood fast with longtime beliefs of the denomination.

Dozens of other congregations, and their several hundred members across the country, agreed with him and seceded.

TOPICS: Apologetics; Current Events; General Discusssion; History; Mainline Protestant; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics; Theology; Worship
KEYWORDS: anglicancatholic; apostasy; ecusa; episcopalchurch; justice; politics; schism; society; womensordination

1 posted on 05/22/2006 8:29:50 AM PDT by fgoodwin
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To: fgoodwin
Let me guess--he was the "Mote in God's Eye"???

Sorry, I just could NOT resist that.

2 posted on 05/22/2006 1:12:02 PM PDT by Wonder Warthog (The Hog of Steel-NRA)
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3 posted on 05/22/2006 2:08:20 PM PDT by sionnsar (†† | Iran Azadi | SONY: 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0urs)
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