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Charles Bennison to resign: Anglican Ink, October 9, 2012 October 9, 2012

Posted by geoconger in Anglican Ink, Pennsylvania, The Episcopal Church.

The Rt. Rev. Charles E. Bennison, Jr.

The Bishop of Pennsylvania, the Rt. Rev. Charles E. Bennison, Jr., has announced that he will step down from office on 31 December 2012.

Bishop Bennison has had a rocky tenure as bishop of one of the church’s oldest and largest dioceses.  The conflicts began during the race for his election as bishop when at the special convention held to elect a successor to Bishop Allen Bartlett, Charles Bennison promised members of the Episcopal Synod of the USA (now Forward in Faith) that he would honor Bishop Bartlett’s program of permitting Anglo-Catholic bishops from outside the diocese to exercise episcopal ministry on his behalf.  After offering this pledge the Anglo-Catholic bloc in the diocese, led by the Rev. David L. Moyer, put their votes behind Bennison giving him the victory.  After his consecration the new bishop declined to honor his election promise.

Some conservatives responded to Bishop Bennison’s actions and theological statements by refusing to allow him to visit their parishes. In one Easter letter to the diocese he observed that Jesus was a sinner like other men.

Read it all in Anglican Ink.

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