South Carolina Diocese Can't Secede Said Katharine Jefferts Schori, Episcopal Presiding Bishop
Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said Thursday that the Diocese of South Carolina can't unilaterally secede from the national church, and urged conservatives to stay despite sharp disputes over theology and homosexuality.Full Story
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Since: Nov 07
#2 Nov 21, 2012
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#3 Nov 21, 2012
Poor K J-S. She despises and abuses conservatives and their theology. But she can't let the faithful few leave with their diocese. That would be a big embarrassment for to her alread failed leadership.
The one and only reason she would want them to stay is her dynamic duo of power and money. Why else would she want people who are convinced from scripture that she is an apostate theologian and a loser leader? Maybe forcing the conservatives to stay is her way of saying, "We're inclusive of conservatives." TEC is so inclusive of conservatives that it is willing to force them to stay under the yoke of its bondage and pay their bills. K J-S makes a big thing about following Jesus rather than the words of the Bible. I guess she thinks Jesus would dress in silly garments, force false theology and unscriptural morality on the faith, and then forbid them to walk away. She and her mafia can have her "Jesus." I will cling to the one in the Bible.
“The Kingdom of God Begins NOW!”
Since: May 07
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#4 Nov 21, 2012
You shall not steal.
Since: Aug 09
#5 Nov 21, 2012
It is not "their" Diocese.
It is the Diocese of The Episcopal Church in which they have chosen to gather and worship. But, if now, some of them wish to gather and worship under a differing banner, for whatever reason, let them proceed to do so.
Church history is very clear about this. Many Churches and groupings were listed under the Anglican Church of the King of England prior to the Revolution. But, at that point, they were given a choice. Either align with Episcopalians or head for Canada or England. Many did go. It all changed and what remained, even though there were many who quietly suppressed their loyalties to the Anglican heritage, became The Episcopal Church.
Much later, the association - Communion - with the Anglican Church was reestablished. But not at the expense of allegiance with The Episcopal Church. The principle was reconfirmed in the Dennis Canon. The Diocese and its members remain in TEC.
Those choosing to leave are doing exactly that.
Understand that TEC is offering to keep all of these in our Church and not to require their departure. This is how Christ Jesus has expressed His view of inclusion, knowing that there were disagreements even among his closest followers. It is no different in this instance.
All, either staying or leaving, will continue to be disciples of Christ Jesus.
But, as to the nature of our own individual realization of such discipleship, you should take a moment to "listen" to your own writings that are filled with characterizations such as "mafia" and "forbid" and "apostate" and "abuses" and words like "can't" and "force." This is the expression of the habits of your own nature and how YOU see things.
It is your point of view.
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