Friday, April 14, 2006

Episcopal Group Seeks To Indict Gay Bishop For Heresy

by Newscenter Staff

April 14, 2006 - 12:01 am ET

(Washington) A conservative Episcopal lay group is calling for a church trial for the denomination's first openly gay bishop and the 35 bishops who endorsed his election.

The group, called Lay Episcopalians for the Anglican Communion, on Thursday launched a national petition drive to force a trial.

In a statement the group said that only by putting the bishops - including the presiding bishop of the church - on trial could there be a final determination on the role of gays in the faith.

The group said the worldwide Anglican Communion has been fractured by the “reckless pursuit of a gay agenda that is hostile to Scripture and to the historic order of the church.”

The call for a trial raises the ante in a continuing feud within the church. Last week the group demanded that church leaders who supported the election of Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire repent "for their sin".

“Our purpose is to demonstrate the gravity of unilateral (non-Communion) actions already taken to advance a gay agenda in our American church," the group said in its statement.

"The homosexual thrust is real, aggressive and largely influenced by a shadow gay-lesbian-transgender hierarchy of bishops, priests and laypeople. The most persistent campaigner for accelerating the gay agenda in the Episcopal church is Integrity, a 30-year-old homosexual activist organization believed to comprise much less than one per cent of the national church."

Church law allows for a trial to be held if 10 bishops file complainants.

Last week an Episcopal Church panel studying the furor over Robinson's election called for diocese to use "very considerable caution" from now on in electing bishops with same-sex partners, but stopped short of the moratorium critics demanded. (story)

The commission also recommended that the American church offer "apology and repentance" for the turmoil within the global Anglican Communion, and said dioceses should stop creating blessing ceremonies for same-gender couples, at least temporarily.

The suggestions are among several that will go before a June meeting of the top Episcopal legislative body, called the General Convention.

On May 6, the Diocese of California is scheduled to elect a new bishop and three of the seven candidates for the post have same-sex partners. The winner of that election cannot be consecrated without approval from the General Convention, which has a long history of deferring to dioceses' choice of leader.

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Blogger Mind the Bear said...

Jeremy, as an Episcopalian, let me tell you my two-sided reaction: a) it hurts so much to see this kind of stuff happening. Yes, there is anger, too. but first and most it really breaks my heart to see such anger, misunderstanding (all this "gay agenda" stuff). It's not about an agenda, it's about being faithful, but human, being gay, and being Christian.

Part b) Well, I am about to the point of saying, "who cares" let them take their ball(s) and go home. Let them have their "pure church". And just let us be. Will we die ont he vine? will the Episcopal Church wither away? Maybe. Will they "win." They will think so. But we must remember there was no Easter without a Good Friday. For Jesus and his followers, all was lost. They failed, big time. It was all down the tubes. The righteous people had won. They had saved their religion from impurity and corruption. They won. Right?

Let's just give it a few days, shall we?

Cheers, Joe.

Word verification: rqqyn - the sound of whining made by rigid religionists.

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