Tuesday, February 3, 2009


In a recent interview with ENS fondly entitled  "Hogwash"

(or something like that)

Mr. William Gandeberger, aka, "The Author of the Jerusalem Declaration", said the following:

"... Schofield's canon to the ordinary, told ENS that accusations of lay people or priests being punished for disagreeing with the direction of the diocese were "hogwash."

"I have never seen [Schofield] react harshly or act in retribution because someone disagreed with him," Gandenberger said. He said that "the charge of false accusations is totally bogus" because Schofield disciplined clergy "only for cause." 

Schofield has a "steady line" of people coming to his office to talk with him about issues and gives those people "willing ears to hear" even if he disagrees with them, Gandenberger said.

(I have no idea why the ENS would refer to a deposed priest as "the Reverend" but in this article Ms. Mary Frances Schjonberg does just that)

Let's take a look at the hogwash.  As an avid speaker in favor of leaving the diocese The Reverend Dan Martins does just that when he is double-crossed by Mr. Schofield.  The Reverend Risard is accused of theft and his books and records are taken by police at the request of Mr. Schofield.  A defrocked priest is brought in to St. Francis of Turlock after the Reverend Joel Miller is driven out of that parish for remaining episcopal.  Father Miller was a significant spokesperson for Remain Episcopal before being beaten to another diocese.  The deposed priest promptly moves in, destroys the once united parish and then is promptly moved out because he is "defrocked".  The (real) Reverend Mark Hall is ostracized in his own diocese for opposing Mr. Schofield.  St. Dunstans is closed and sold because Mr. Schofield needs money for his nonsensical and protracted attempt to steal Episcopal real and personal property.  This leaves at least one St. Dunstan's parishioner with gifts that had gone to St. Dunstans that were kept by Mr. Schofield.  Stained glass windows dedicated to the memory of good Episcopalians are left to be trashed by whoever bought the property.  Ear you say Mr. Gandenberger - the only ear ever given to a good Episcopalian was the one Mr. Schofield loped off and handed to the parishioner for listening to ++Jefferts Schori. 

In addition, when Mr. Schofield was asked about women and their "place" in the church Mr. Schofiled was heard to say, "Why yes, even women have a place in the Episcopal Church." 

Never seen an act of retribution, talk with the (real) Reverend Tim Vivian or anyone from St. Andrews Taft, CA.  No, Mr. Schofield is the eptiome of the idea either you are "with me or against me".  If you are not with me, you are against me.  

Mr. Schofield disciplined people for cause all right. He disciplined people every time 'cause he wanted to.


And in conclusion a refresher for those who have held the title reverend but are now Mr.

The eighth commandment forbids misrepresenting the truth in our relations with others. This moral prescription flows from the vocation of the holy people to bear witness to their God who is the truth and wills the truth. Offenses against the truth express by word or deed a refusal to commit oneself to moral uprightness: they are fundamental infidelities to God and, in this sense, they undermine the foundations of the covenant.

Please take that quote in the kindest sense possible.

1 comment:

lost-sheep said...

Mr. Gandenberger has an interesting way of seeing things. You know, the only reason the St. Francis "Anglican" Church's annual meeting did not violate Robert's Rules of Order a year ago is because a good Episcopalian reminded Mr. Gandenberger of the proper way of handling things at the meeting. I don't trust him one bit.