Friday, May 29, 2009

A Nugget Embedded in the Merchant of Venice

" Mark you this Bassanio The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose An evil soul producing holy witness is like a villain with a smiling cheek A goodly apple rotten at the heart O what a goodly outside falsehood"

The silly scintillating response of one of Mr. Schofield's henchmen to the recent deposition of the 61 clergy in Diocese of San Joaquin.

This came from a recent post by Mr. Van McAlister:

It might be helpful to look at the terms of "Abandonment" according to the canons of The Episcopal Church: The canons define abandonment as an "open renunciation of the Doctrine, Discipline, or Worship of this Church, or by a formal admission into any religious body not in communion with this Church . . ." [Cn IV.10.1]. We are guilty of none of those. We have not openly renunciated the doctrine, discipline and worship of the Church. To the contrary: we stated that we must hold fast to the doctrine, discipline and worship of the Church. And, we have made public the fact that TEC has "openly renunciated the Doctrine, Discipline and Worship of this Church" and has stubbornly refused to follow her own canons and has rejected discipline from others in the Anglican Communion. We were admitted into a province that is in communion with TEC and the Anglican Communion. For the past four decades, the leadership of TEC has turned a blind eye to bishops and priests who have taught false doctrine and ignored the canons of the Church, and now they are disciplining clergy who have faithfully followed the doctrine and canons of the Church. Correspondingly, TEC and Bp Lamb have not followed their canons properly in this process, either.

Well, I don't know about you guys but I am convinced.

1 comment:

Paul (A.) said...

Mr. McAlister overlooks the facts that "this Church" refers to The Episcopal Church (the ones that TEC clergy vow allegiance to); "the Church" is a figment of Messrs. McAlister's and Schofield's imagination.

But this really isn't news.