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Accusers named in Fort Worth 7 case: Anglican Ink, July 27, 2012 July 27, 2012

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The Rt. Rev. F. Clayton Matthews

The Title IV disciplinary proceedings initiated against the Fort Worth 7 has not been derailed by the intervention of the provisional bishops of Quincy and Fort Worth during the 77th General Convention, the accused have learned.

In an exchange of emails between seven bishops who endorsed an amicus brief in the Diocese of Fort Worth case pending before the Texas Supreme Court and the Rt. Rev. F. Clay Matthews, the Bishop for Pastoral Development in the Office of the Presiding Bishop, Bishop Matthews stated he would be “sending additional information to the Bishops involved after a period of reflection from the conversations at General Convention and some preliminary interviews. When a complaint has been received by the Intake Officer, the Disciplinary Canons are in effect.”

Bishop Matthews added “I trust this letter addresses the immediate concerns you raised, and you will hear more from me perhaps as late as September.”

Read it all in Anglican Ink.

More butter less guns in TEC’s new budget: Anglican Ink, July 11, 2012 July 11, 2012

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An austerity budget focusing that its proponents say will foster growth and renewal for the Episcopal Church will be taken up for debate today at the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church meeting from 5-12 July in Indianapolis.

The “Five Marks of Mission” budget represents a compromise between the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church and Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.  Spending priorities and cuts advocated in both proposals have found their way into the final $113,709,150 three-year budget.

The budget sees significant cuts in staffing, legal and communications expenses, while also boosting the discretionary spending of the presiding bishop.  Over two million dollars have also been allocated from the church’s investments to create a development office to raise funds.

In the preamble to the budget, the Committee on Program, Budget and Finance stated they had used the “Five Marks of Mission” – a formulary adopted by the 2009 General Convention to describe the work of the church – in allocating spending.

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Show’s over – No censure for Fort Worth 9: Anglican Ink, July 9, 2012 July 9, 2012

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The push by the provisional bishops of Fort Worth and Quincy to censure nine bishops for disloyalty to the Episcopal Church has failed in the House of Bishops and has likely sunk any attempt to discipline the accused through the church’s legal system.

After two and a half hours of discussion over three private sessions at the 77th General Convention meeting in Indianapolis, on 8 July 2012 the House of Bishops responded to claims of misconduct leveled against the nine by the provisional bishops of Quincy and Fort Worth.  The House of Bishops responded with a “Mind of the House” resolution proposed by one of the accused, the Rt. Rev. Daniel Martins, Bishop of Springfield, affirming the loyalty of Episcopalians in the dioceses of Fort Worth, Quincy, San Joaquin and Pittsburgh.

The House of Bishops had “no stomach” to discipline Bishop Martins, the Rt. Rev. John W. Howe, retired Bishop of Central Florida, the Rt. Rev. Maurice Benitez, retired Bishop of Texas, the Rt. Rev. Peter Beckwith, the retired Bishop of Springfield, the Rt. Rev. Paul E. Lambert, suffragan Bishop of Dallas, the Rt. Rev. William H. Love, Bishop of Albany, the Rt. Rev. D. Bruce MacPherson, Bishop of Western Louisiana, the Rt. Rev. Edward L. Salmon, retired Bishop of South Carolina and Dean of Nashotah House, and the Rt. Rev. James M. Stanton, Bishop of Dallas, a participant in the 6-8 July meetings told Anglican Ink.

The “Mind of the House” resolution does not end the Title IV investigations into misconduct made against the nine, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori told the bishops.  However, by seeking an immediate resolution to the dispute the Title IV process has effectively been shut down as those bishops present in the discussions who serve on the disciplinary board will have to recuse themselves from adjudicating the case.  All of the episcopal judges that will hear the case are now disqualified from participation in a decision on grounds of personal involvement.

Read it all in Anglican Ink.

Bishop Howe responds to charges: Anglican Ink, July 7, 2012 July 7, 2012

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The Rt Rev John W. Howe

The retired Bishop of Central Florida, the Rt. Rev. John W. Howe, reports that his name was omitted from the list of signatories to the 6 July 2012 in error.  He tells Anglican Ink that he has endorsed the statement given to the Presiding Bishop and stands with his colleagues in their defense — though physically absent from the convention hall in Indianapolis.

Anglican Ink has updated its detailed report on the letter to correct this mistake.

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Accused bishops protest loyalty to TEC and Truth: Anglican Ink, July 7, 2012 July 7, 2012

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Six bishops have written an open letter to the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops repudiating charges of disloyalty brought against them by the provisional bishops of Fort Worth and Quincy.

On 6 July 2012, six of nine bishops accused of misconduct by Bishops C. Wallis Ohl Jr., and James C. Buchanan stated there was no truth in the accusations leveled against them.

The Rt. Rev. Paul E. Lambert, suffragan Bishop of Dallas, the Rt. Rev. William H. Love, Bishop of Albany, the Rt. Rev. D. Bruce MacPherson, Bishop of Western Louisiana, the Rt. Rev. Daniel H. Martins, Bishop of Springfield, the Rt. Rev. Edward L. Salmon, retired Bishop of South Carolina and Dean of Nashotah House, and the Rt. Rev. James M. Stanton, Bishop of Dallas stated they had been forced to act in order to protect the Episcopal Church – not to harm it.

“No charge is more serious to us than the one that we have acted against our own Church—in other words, that we have been disloyal. We assure each of you that we have acted out of a profound loyalty to this Church we love,” they wrote.

Read it all at Anglican Ink.

No decision on Fort Worth 9: Anglican Ink, July 6, 2012 July 7, 2012

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Bishop Clifton Daniel of East Carolina

No decision was reached on a letter accusing nine bishops of disloyalty to the Episcopal Church and violation of its canons.  However, the matter will be taken up for further discussion in closed session on 7 July 2012, Anglican Ink has learned.

Meeting in closed session on 6 July 2012 the House of Bishops discussed the 5 July 2012 letter of the Rt. Rev. C. Wallis Ohl, Jr., Provisional Bishop of Fort Worth, and the Rt. Rev. John C. Buchanan, Provisional Bishop of Quincy accusing nine bishops of misconduct.

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Seattle bishop suspended: The Church of England Newspaper, Oct 7 , 2011 p 6. October 7, 2011

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Bishop Vincent Warner

First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.

An American bishop has been suspended from exercising his priestly ministry pending investigation of charges he had committed adultery.

On 30 September the bishop of the Seattle-based Diocese of Olympia announced that in light of a “credible allegation of recurrent marital infidelity,” the ministry of his predecessor, the Rt Rev Vincent Warner, had been restricted by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.

“I first heard the allegations several weeks ago, and promptly reported them to the Presiding Bishop’s office, which is the procedure required by the canons of the Episcopal Church,” said Olympia Bishop Gregory Rickel. On 26 September, “I received word that Bishop Jefferts Schori had restricted Bishop Warner’s ministry.”

Bishop Rickel stated the allegations of misconduct did not concern minors nor with individuals who were receiving pastoral care from the bishop. Under the Episcopal Church’s newly revised disciplinary canons an investigation will be conducted and a “restriction will remain in place until the matter is resolved following procedures outlined in Title IV of the canons of the Episcopal Church.

“In these proceedings, the Diocese of Olympia’s role is limited to providing information requested by an investigator who is chosen by and works on behalf of the Presiding Bishop’s office.”

Bishop Warner served as head of the Western Washington state diocese from 1989 to 2007. At his 2002 diocesan convention, the bishop announced he was divorcing his wife of 40 years, and shortly after remarried.

The bishop made news in 2007 when a priest working in his diocese, the Rev Ann Holmes Redding, announced that she was a Christian and a Muslim. Bishop Warner told the Seattle Times he accepted Ms Redding as an Episcopal priest and a Muslim, and found the interfaith possibilities “exciting”. However, the Bishop of Rhode Island who held oversight over Ms Redding subsequently deposed her from the ministry.

In his letter to the diocese announcing the suspension, Bishop Rickel urged “clergy and lay leaders to reach out to those whom they believe might need support during this time,” and to “say your prayers for all involved, for this diocese, and especially for Bishop Warner and his family.”