CoE Women bishops plan headed back to General Synod
Thinking Anglicans has reported that sufficient Church of England dioceses have voted in favor of proposed legislation to allow women to be made bishops of the CoE that the legislation will now be returned to the General Synod for final approval. Although it appears likely that the CoE will allow women to become bishops, it is unclear what provisions may be made for those opposed to women bishops. (Information about the road to approving women bishops in the CoE can be found on the church’s Web site
. Details of the most recent votes can be seen here
Trial use of same-sex rite to be proposed at General Convention
Episcopal News Service reported
October 17, 2011, that the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music
, which has been collecting and developing liturgical materials for same-sex blessings, will propose to the 2012 General Convention that the church adopt a trial liturgy for same-sex blessings to be used during the next three years. The Commission will also propose a three-year study of marriage..
Fort Worth hearing rescheduled
The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth
this week will finally get its hearing on its motion for a supersedeas bond and other limitations on the use of diocesan property still in the hands of the group that left the Episcopal Church. The hearing is now scheduled for Thursday, October 20, 2011. (See Pittsburgh Update story here
.) The defendants, the breakaway diocese also styled as the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth
, is seeking to pursue its appeal to the summary judgment in favor of the Episcopal Church diocese while avoiding limitations on its freedom of action. The court ruled in February that the property belongs to the diocese remaining in the Episcopal Church but did not transfer control to the diocese.
Mark Lawrence affair confused
Pittsburgh Update reported
last week that charges of abandoning the communion of The Episcopal Church had been brought against Bishop of South Carolina Mark Lawrence. On October 12, 2011, Lawrence met with South Carolina clergy to discuss the ongoing disciplinary process. (See story from The Living Church
.) Now it is clear that a complaint has been lodged
, but the complaint merely triggers an investigation which will determine if there is enough evidence to support a charge of abandonment. The church attorney handling the case, Josephine H. Hick, became the subject of controversy and soon recused herself, apparently over an undisclosed conflict of interest. (See stories from The Living Church here
. J.B. Burch is now the church attorney for the case
.) The Anglican Communion Institute—not an official Anglican body—has complained vigorously about procedures being followed in the Lawrence case. (See articles here
.) Meanwhile, The Lead has contrasted
the narrative of Bishop Dorsey Henderson, who heads the Disciplinary Board for Bishops
, and that of Bishop Lawrence and his supporters.