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South Carolina clergy deposed: The Church of England Newspaper, August 11, 2013 p 6. August 16, 2013

Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Property Litigation, The Episcopal Church.

The Episcopal Church in South Carolina has announced it will depose over 100 clergy loyal to the Rt. Rev. Mark Lawrence and the breakaway Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina.  On 10 July 2013 the faction loyal to the national Episcopal Church published a list of clergy whom it said remained in good standing with the Episcopal Church for having expressed its loyalty to their leadership. Those who had not given their allegiance to the minority faction would be removed from the ordained ministry.

Last month a “Notice of Restriction” was mailed by the Rt. Rev. Charles vonRosenberg, Provisional Bishop of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina to the bishops of the national church and the clergy pension fund saying those who had backed Mark Lawrence were “found to have abandoned The Episcopal Church.”

The letter followed a 21 June 2013 vote by the standing committee of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina to depose the clergy. While political considerations will likely give force to the decision in most dioceses, the entity known as the Episcopal Church in South Carolina has no legal meaning under the canon law of the Episcopal Church. Other members of the Anglican Communion, including the Church of England, have not recognized past depositions of clergy by the American Church for abandoning the Episcopal Church, and the move has yet to be tested in the civil courts in conjunction with the church’s pension fund.

The Episcopal Church’s press office, the Episcopal News Service (ENS) reported that Bishop vonRosenberg wrote to the South Carolina clergy in April asking them to declare for him or Bishop Lawrence. A second letter was sent informing the clergy that the Episcopal Church in South Carolina Standing Committee would act on the matter on 21 June and the bishop demanded that he be informed of their decision by 1 June. ENS reported “the majority of those who received the letters have chosen not to reply.”



1. Carol McRee - August 16, 2013

True but I do know clergy who have replied to Bishop von Rosenberg via letter. Bishop von Rosenberg seems to not understand plainly written English…… go figure.

2. Wendy Clare - August 16, 2013

Ah yes…”The Episcopal Church welcomes you…unless you believe in the historic Christian faith, that the Bible really IS Word of God and that Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father…then forget it, we don’t serve your kind here.” Such inclusivity and tolerance!! Go, Bishop Mark, go! Come on over to ACNA…the water’s fine! Enjoy being freed from your shackles!!

chris - August 17, 2013

Wendy, what you say is patently untrue about the Episcopal Church. This is an unfair generalization. Try reading “Why I Stayed” in axtwosix.blogspot.com for a conservative’s perspective on how things went down in SC. There are yet many, many Jesus-loving, Gospel-preaching, creedal Christians in TEC. And we are welcome and welcoming till all. What makes one unwelcome is to s
attempt to leave the denomination with the property that is held in trust for the church.

Jerry Gearhart - (Diocese of Pittsburgh, PA ) - August 17, 2013

Amen Wendy Clare….Amen and Hallelujah to the Lord, Our God.

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4. mbeyer - August 19, 2013

Would it be helpful to contact the ACLJ? I support this organization and the episcopal church that stands against the righteous will see the Hand of the Lord come just as He did when Elijah faced off the prophets of baal in I Kings 18. Victory is at hand when we keep our eyes focused upon Our Father In Heaven, Our Saviour and the Holy Spirit.

5. Ned - August 21, 2013

I am confused. I thought Bishop Lawerence and his followers deposed the episcopal cult when they threw the non belivers out.

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