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Traditionalists need to [be] dealt with like abusers says Dr. Schori: CEN 1.25.08 p 1. January 25, 2008

Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Property Litigation.
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US Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has defended her legal assault on traditionalist leaders, telling a reporter last week the desire of conservatives to secede from the Episcopal Church with their property was akin to child abuse.

Allowing congregations or dioceses to walk away with church property condones “bad behavior,” she told the Religion News Service on Jan 16.

“In a sense it’s related to the old ecclesiastical behavior toward child abuse,” when priests essentially looked the other way, she said, adding that this “bad behavior must be confronted.”

Bishop Schori’s harsh words towards those who do not share her interpretation of church doctrine and discipline have made headlines since her election as Presiding Bishop in 2006. Immediately following her election the new Presiding Bishop told The Church of England Newspaper that it was her intention to respond “pastorally” to her conservative critics. However she also hoped to wean them away from the “heresy of Donatism.”

In Nov 2006 the new Presiding Bishop told the New York Times Anglicanism was not a religion for the working classes. “Episcopalians tend to be better-educated and tend to reproduce at lower rates than some other denominations,” she said noting that “Roman Catholics and Mormons both have theological reasons for producing lots of children.”

The Church of England not the American church was the Anglican Communion’s leader in gay blessings, she noted, as “these services are happening in various places, including in the Church of England, where my understanding is that there are far more of them happening than there are in the Episcopal Church,” she told the BBC on Jan 1.

David Philips of the Church Society said ‘it was a pretty bizarre parallel to draw’ but added that nothing coming out of the Episcopal Church’s hierarchy surprised him any more.

“You’re talking about congregations who have paid for and built their properties on a premiss that they can fellowship with people who are not practising in error.”

“Some of the congregations that you are talking about existed before the Episcopal Church even came into being.” He continued: “What lies behind it is some sort of view which sees the institution as more important than anything else.”

The Rev Rod Thomas of Reform said: “She seems to have completely lost sight of the idea of the church as the people of God and has come to the conclusion that what matters most is bricks and mortar.”

Comments

1. Curt Zimmerman - January 26, 2008

US Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has defended her legal assault on traditionalist leaders, telling a reporter last week the desire of conservatives to secede from the Episcopal Church with their property was akin to child abuse…”

Your article seems pretty one-sided to me; the only quotes are from those opposing her views.

I know our PB to be a person of high ethical and moral values who holds all accountable for their actions, as she does for herself. Her remarks about “bad behavior” would be addressed to anyone on any side of an issue. None of us has the right to interpret our common Constitution and Canons in the way best suited to our own agenda.

I believe efforts at communication would be better served by more balanced reporting of events.

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