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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Backpeddling from Rome

This is the latest from Katie Sherrod.

You know, if you really believe that Holy Rome is the one, true, holy, catholic and apostolic church, then, with all integrity, you must go there - come what will, cost what it may.

These boys will do anything - hang anyone and anything out to dry - to get what they want. Which is? Ah, yes - to keep the 'Boys Only Club' exactly that way.

And that sound you hear? That's patriarchy, gasping for a few last breaths.

The backpedaling continues

Read on to see what happens even to longtime loyal priests in this diocese when they embarrass Bishop Jack Iker. These four senior priests of the diocese -- all of whom have been staunch supporters and defenders of Bishop Iker - obviously believed they had his support in making their proposal to the Roman Catholic bishop. They would never have done something that serious unless they believed that.

The negative reaction from the people of the diocese must have been beyond enormous to cause the bishop to demand this public a retraction and have it issued at 9:42 p.m. on a Saturday night. But after all, what are four longtime friends when it comes to saving face?

Sent: Saturday, August 16, 2008 9:42 PM
Cc: Bishop Iker
Subject: Ad Clerum: Statement

To the clergy,

The following statement has been released jointly by Canon Charles Hough, Fr. William Crary, Fr. Christopher Stainbrook, and Fr. Louis Tobola in reference to the document released earlier this week concerning a June meeting between them and Bishop Kevin Vann.

Bishop Iker and the Standing Committee have asked that it be conveyed to you via Ad Clerum. It will be sent to all convention delegates and alternates as well.

Suzanne Gill


From: Fathers Crary, Hough, Stainbrook, and Tobola

Date: August 16, 2008

To: The Clergy and People of the Diocese

We wish to emphasize:
1. That the documents and our conversation with Bishop Vann solely ever
represented the four priests named.
2. In retrospect, we regret our choice of timing for starting these
3. We deeply regret the phraseology of the
document which has caused hurt and division.
4. We remain fully committed to the goal of this Diocese, as plainly
stated by Bishop Iker, to realign with an Orthodox Anglican Province.

Respectfully submitted,
The Very Rev. William A Crary, Jr.
The Rev. Canon Charles A. Hough, III
The Very Rev. Christopher C. Stainbrook
The Rev. Louis L. Tobola, Jr.


Fran said...

Holy crap is all about I can say given time constraint (am at my SIL's) but wow!

Muthah+ said...

What is interesting is that the RC's in Ft. Worth are very leery of the archconservatives of the Episcopal Church there. As so often happens, where there is a conservative Episcopal diocese, the Roman Catholic diocese has always been more liberal in Ft. W. They don't want renegade clergy anymore than we do.

It isn't about WHAT is believed that is important to RC's; it is WHO you are going to obey. And obedience is more important than doctrine in the long run. And there is no way that these boys know what obedience means when the bishop has not been obedient to the Constitution and Canons of TEC since he was consecrated.