NICE LITTLE EARNER TURNS INTO POISON CHALICE FOR "FRIEND" OF FORMER PRIEST

From this side of the Atlantic it would appear that the Americans have the same problem with churches called "Good Shepherd" as we have with churches called "Holy Trinity." I expect the reason is the same. They were usually founded by militant evangelicals who hated the idea of calling their church after a saint because, of course, that would be papist. These churches started off as defining themselves by what they were against and many have continued to do so up until the present day. Of course, they have evolved. Over the years they have discovered lots more things to be against. It's a good time for being a hater in the Anglican Communion.

From SPHERE:

A former Episcopal priest in suburban Philadelphia who lost a legal battle with his bishop has filed a malpractice suit against the attorney who represented him in the case. David Moyer of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Rosemont -- who has spoken out against liberal trends in the Episcopal Church -- was removed from the priesthood in 2002 by Bishop Charles Bennison Jr. In October, a Montgomery County jury ruled that Bennison did not act fraudulently.

Moyer and his church have now filed suit against attorney John Lewis seeking millions in compensation for the costs of the trial and alleged damage to the reputations of the ex-priest and the parish.

Lewis -- a member of Good Shepherd for 10 years who said he considered Moyer "my friend" -- denied the accusations and estimated he had done $700,000 worth of legal work at no charge in Moyer's case against the bishop. Lewis and his law firm are countersuing Moyer and the parish.

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NICE LITTLE EARNER TURNS INTO POISON CHALICE FOR "FRIEND" OF FORMER PRIEST — 10 Comments

  1. Well, Abp. Duncan (Bp Bob, Pittsburgh 7, etc.) Says that it is unbiblical for Christians to sue. I guess it’s ok for conservative Christians to sue; after all everyone knows that they are always right. Or is it never wrong? Depends on whose ox is being gored. Situational ethics at its best.

  2. I know that is gets really confusing, so you need a score card and to keep it updated, but there is much more to this story.

    This guy is a bishop: Suffragan Bishop of the Armed Forces for the Anglican Church in America, which is a wannabe Anglican schismatic group; and Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of The Murray in the Anglican Church of Australia. What is up with the ACoA border crossing with schismatic priests?

  3. No No! IT is unBiblical for Christians to sue Duncan. These details are important.

    Meyer and Duncan are the sort of clerics that make those of us who have left the discernment process proud.

    FWIW
    jimB

  4. And of course there are the sacrosanct moratoria which only seem to apply to keeping queers out of ordained ministry and blessed relationships but seem optional for border crossing types.

  5. What’s wrong with Holy Trinity as a name for a church?

    Good Shepherd as a name reminds me of bad paintings of lily-white, blond, perfectly groomed Jesus with a sheep or lamb. No dust or mud in sight. Shepherds work hard enough to get grimy, if they are any good.

  6. The church in question was established as a Tractarian parish, not an evo one and is rabidly Anglo-Catholic.

    Sad news for the people.