TEC’S FIFTH COLUMNISTS COMEUNDER FIRE FROM LOYALISTS

From THE CHRISTIAN POST:

An Episcopal advocacy group has requested an investigation of the leadership of the Diocese of South Carolina with regard to the withdrawal of parishes from the denomination. The Episcopal Forum accused leaders in the diocese of “accelerating the process of alienation and disassociation” from The Episcopal Church.

“The Ecclesiastical Authority (the Diocesan Bishop or the Standing Committee) has done nothing to stop other parishes which outwardly appear to be moving in the direction of withdrawal from TEC,” the group wrote in a letter sent this week to bishops throughout the national church body.

The group, which supports preserving “unity with diversity” in the denomination, also called The Episcopal Church to look into the lack of disciplinary action against a parish that left the South Carolina diocese earlier this year, and the removal of all “Episcopal” references in the names and websites of dozens of parishes.

“Actions and inactions of the Bishop appear to be tantamount to an abandonment of the polity of The Episcopal Church,” the group argued.

South Carolina Bishop Mark Lawrence has refuted the allegations outlined in the letter, saying he and his staff have spoken with the leadership of every parish in the diocese that was considering disassociation. He also explained that disciplinary or legal action was not taken against St. Andrew’s Parish in Mt. Pleasant, which severed ties in March, because litigation has only resulted in the “sour fruit of animosity.”

You cannot make people love you, or bind them to your Church through coercion or fear,” he said.

COMMENT: . . . he and his staff have spoken with the leadership of every parish in the diocese that was considering disassociation . . .   well, yes, I think that may be exactly what The Episcopal Forum is worried about.

You cannot make people love you, or bind them to your Church through coercion or fear . . . – ROTFPM. What a bunch of Screwtapes.

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TEC’S FIFTH COLUMNISTS COMEUNDER FIRE FROM LOYALISTS — 5 Comments

  1. Mark Lawrence is the bishop who did not get the required consents the first time he was elected, precisely because many bishops and other people did not believe his claims that he would abide by the Constitution and canons of TEC. Now, after a second election and the consents, he is proving the fears of those who opposed him. He is a bald-faced liar of the first rank, and will likely attempt to take South Carolina out of TEC in the same manner as Bob Duncan, Jack Iker, John-David Schofield, etc., the usual suspects. Feh…..

  2. “You cannot … bind them to your Church”

    Um, but you CAN “bind” property: they’re called CANONS, (x)Lawrence. If you won’t enforce them, TEC must begin by enforcing its canons against dereliction of bishops! >:-/

  3. Once Lawrence’s diocesan convention deaccessions itself from The Episcopal Church it is time to derecognize them as a diocese. Loyal South Carolinian Episcopalians can have their own organizing convention and then be recognized.

  4. (+)Lawrence flat-out lied to people about this issue during his election process. There has to be something in the Canons he can be charged with…

  5. If I understand correctly the reasoning for the Bishop’s inaction is that the South Carolina Supreme Court has determined that the churches and property belong to the present congregants and that nothing can be done to prevent them from leaving and taking the property. Bishop Lawerence faces the possibility of a diocese w/o parishes.