FLORIDA: 41 Orthodox Episcopal Priests Deposed Since 2004 by Liberal Bishop

May 4, 2008 by

By David Virtue, Virtueonline When he first took office, Samuel Johnson Howard seemed the picture of sweet reasonableness, promising to work with everyone, his door open to all, announcing that he was orthodox as he followed in the footsteps of the late evangelical Bishop of Florida, Steve Jecko. In January 2004, things looked promising when the Diocese of Florida decided to uninvite Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold for the much-anticipated consecration of Howard as the next Bishop Coadjutor of Florida. There was an air of euphoria, a general feeling then that the change from Bishop Jecko to Howard would be a transition that orthodox priests could live with. They soon became disillusioned. Howard moved into the diocese snubbing his predecessor, never once consulting him on diocesan matters before he arrived or afterwards. Jecko lived in a humble $100,000 home, Howard demanded, and got, a $1 million dollar residence, one, he...

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The oppressed GLBT – not alone!

May 1, 2008 by

Thank you Peter Ould for this highlight.  It is most helpful!  The overwhelming reality of pain, rejection and angst for at least some folk in the GLBT community cannot be doubted. They know they are somehow not  ‘right’ and become masters of self-censorship.  However,  validating everyone as she/he ‘is’  cannot be the solution. I keep raising the issue of all the other sexual minorities still in their closets whose lived experience of pain etc. match those of the GLBT to the smallest detail. They too know they are somehow not  ‘right’.  What about them?  Either let everyone out of their closets – as long as the ‘relationships’ are consensual etc. (though this social norm too could give, at some point) and pay the devil – or have the integrity to admit that some sexual minorities need to remain in the closet.  What they publicly embrace and advance as a lifestyle is deemed to be transgressive, wrong, toxic for both them and for those around them.  In fact, there are various sexual orientations out there – some whose ‘alternative’ nature makes the GLBT constellation look almost conservative by comparison – it is...

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The Road towards or away from Lambeth 2008?

Jun 4, 2007 by

July-August 1998, Lambeth: Lambeth Resolution 1.10, which rejects ‘homosexual practice as incompatible with Scripture’ and cannot advise ‘the legitimising or blessing of same sex unions nor ordaining those involved in same gender unions.’ October 2003, Primates Meeting:  ‘If his (Robinson’s) consecration proceeds, we recognise that we have reached a crucial and critical point in the life of the Anglican Communion and we have had to conclude that the future of the Communion itself will be put in jeopardy. In this case, the ministry of this one bishop will not be recognised by most of the Anglican world, and many provinces are likely to consider themselves to be out of Communion with the Episcopal Church (USA).This will tear the fabric of our Communion at its deepest level (our emphasis ed.), and may lead to further division on this and further issues as provinces have to decide in consequence whether they...

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