IN THE CROSSHAIRS

Posted by Christopher Johnson | Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 | Uncategorized | 14 Comments

Texas Episcopal Bishop C. Andrew Doyle just painted a bullseye on his chasuble:

The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle has become one of the first bishops of the Episcopal Church to say publicly that he will decline consent to the Rev. Canon Mary Douglas Glasspool’s election as a suffragan bishop.

“We cannot isolate ourselves by listening only to the voices of any one province, or even the voices of any one diocese within our province,” the bishop wrote. “In the Diocese of Texas we are interested in our relationships locally and abroad, believing we are stronger when we listen to and partner with diverse cultures around the world.

“As bishop of the Diocese of Texas I will continue to honor the request of my brothers and sister bishops across our province and the Communion, and the leadership of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and will not consent to the Rev. Glasspool’s election.”

Presentment charges in 3, 2, 1…

UPDATE: Whoa.  West Texas will vote no.

We reiterate our belief that The Episcopal Church should exercise the restraint called for by the Anglican Communion and, likewise, will not consent to this election.

14 Comments to IN THE CROSSHAIRS

Smurf Breath
December 8, 2009

Lame, lame, lame, lame! He almost implies that he thinks this is a morally neutral question (“We acknowledge the blessing of diverse opinions on scripture and sexuality”, how could you do that if you think certain opinions were WRONG and DANGEROUS?). He goes out of his way to state that the ONLY reason he’s withholding consent is because of the relationship with the larger communion. Not that to do otherwise would show contempt for God’s word and the people that would be misled by this. Either he is just a revisionist in a conservative diocese, or he is spineless. And the funny thing is that he won’t get any love from the left for all his toadying. They’ll just denounce and mock him the same as they did to Rowan when he issued his “threat”. The ball’s in Bruno’s court. Will he bring charges?

Daniel Muller
December 8, 2009

December 8, 2009

TO: The Diocese of West Texas

FROM: Bishops Lillibridge and Reed

As you may be aware, on Saturday, December 5, the Diocese of Los Angeles elected the Rev. Mary D. Glasspool, a partnered lesbian, as one of two bishops suffragan elected in that diocese over the weekend. This election, like all elections to the episcopate, must receive a majority of consents …

We reiterate our belief that The Episcopal Church should exercise the restraint called for by the Anglican Communion and, likewise, will not consent to this election.

FW Ken
December 8, 2009

Doyle appears to be doing a Rowan Williams imitation: personally a homosexualist, but willing to support the institutional mind… for now…

I wonder if he will dither and dismantle his diocese as effectively as Triple Cross Rowan has dismantled the Anglican Communion.

Katherine
December 8, 2009

What will be telling is if one of the bishops who aren’t “Communion Partners” or wafflers votes no. Early days yet.

Bill (not IB)
December 8, 2009

How can Double-J file a presentment without tripping over his own skirts – after all, the Righter trial proved that there is no “core doctrine” regarding homosexuals and holy orders!?!?!?!?!

What I’m disappointed about is that very few folks in TEC seem to care about the glaring contradiction of this election and the words/actions which were set forth after GC2009 by the revisionists to try and quell the notion that they were abandoning the moratorium and/or giving the rest of the AC the finger. It would now seem that an upraised digit targeted at – well, just about everyone other than the person in the mirror – is the official TEC greeting – and probably also part of the secret handshake that goes with membership in the KJS fan club.

Clown Celebrant
December 8, 2009

It doesn’t matter whether the ECUSA consents or not, this is still a practicing priest, let’s not forget that. But, the consents will come and Katherine Bejeebers Schlabong will attend the coronation wearing a rainbow colored mitre.

The Pilgrim
December 9, 2009

They will find a reason to throw out both these nay votes: a split infinitive, dangling participle…

Dave
December 9, 2009

Come on, folks. Cut Doyle some slack.

Fact is he has taken his stance early and clearly. His decision is sure to be unpopular with his fellow squisops although I’m sure it will play well to the home crowd.

I’m sure there will be ample votes to permit the consecration to go forward. I am personally happy about this because it will remove the last fig leaf covering the ‘piskie’s lack of restraint or sensitivity toward the communion.

I don’t know his personal theology, but have learned not to read too much into these communiques. They usually say what must be said to avoid charges of bigotry, etc.

It’s the actions which speak, and Doyle has acted.

Dale Matson
December 9, 2009

This is a “No” with a safe explanation. I suspect a lot of other “No’s) will be similar. Any other explanation may lead to inhibition and presentment. This is really a second order and second class “No”. When you think about it, the election of Glasspool will kill two birds with one stone. The revisionist agenda will be advanced and there will be an opportunity to purge opponents from TEC. This action may be the final “neutering” of opposition.

The young fogey
December 9, 2009

The funny thing is that he won’t get any love from the left for all his toadying. They’ll just denounce and mock him the same as they did to Rowan when he issued his “threat”.

Yup. Two things you don’t want to get involved in: between a mama bear and her cubs and with liberals playing high church.

The opponents worth anything are now ACNA (such as it is).

Again none of this means jack. The Episcopalians will still go to Lambeth and you’re right, they may well push out their remaining sexual sort-of conservatives soon. (You can be credally orthodox as long as you’re homosexualist.)

The young fogey
December 9, 2009

P.S. They even sort of tolerate anti-WO locally if secretly you’re OK with ‘teh gay’.

KC
December 9, 2009

Robbies down with it:

Statement from Bishop Robinson on the elections in Los Angeles

The people of the Diocese of Los Angeles have elected two extraordinarily gifted priests to serve them as Suffragan Bishops. They have chosen the two people who, in their minds, and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, are best suited for this ministry, and one of them happens to be a lesbian. But let us be clear: it is Mary Glasspool’s experience, skills and faith which will make her a good bishop, and are the reason for her election. Rightly so, the people of Los Angeles have not let current arguments over homosexuality or threats to “unity” impair their choosing the best persons for these ministries.

This is the inclusive Church we declared at this summer’s General Convention we would be, following God’s call to us as best we can discern it, and we are now living into that calling. I am delighted over the elections of Diane Bruce and Mary Glasspool and, upon consent by the wider church, look forward to welcoming them both into the House of Bishops.

Dale Matson
December 9, 2009

“….two extraordinarily gifted”. Is it possible Robinson is overstating the case a tad?

FW Ken
December 9, 2009

Mark –

I’ll find the source if you like, but Bp. Doyle is said to be quite modernist (liberal) theologically and he is, in fact, a homosexualist. Moreover, the Diocese of Texas has a strong homosexualist contingent (centered, I understand, at St. Stephen’s, Houston/Montrose, but infecting several Houston parishes). So I’ll give him credit for standing up to that crowd. We’ll see what the Standing Committee does.

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