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COMMUNION PARTNER BISHOPS OFFER MEANINGLESS, POSTURING STATEMENT CONCERNING BISHOP LOVE

COMMUNION PARTNER BISHOPS OFFER MEANINGLESS, POSTURING STATEMENT CONCERNING BISHOP LOVE

By David W. Virtue, DD
www.virtueonline.org
October 11, 2020

Eight Communion Partner bishops have issued a statement regarding the hearing and conviction of Albany Bishop William H. Love. Their statement is absolutely meaningless posturing. While showing verbal support for Bishop Love, they are not actually doing anything.

It is the Pilate Principle at work. Wash your hands and say, ‘We find no fault with this man’ and then watch as he is deposed and tossed out of the Episcopal Church.

One can only imagine Christians being cast into Rome’s arena to be mauled and eaten by lions, while these bishops stand in the stands throwing holy water over them, saying “bless you, my sons, you are dying for the faith. We shall be dining tonight on pasta al forno siciliana, with a bottle of Italy’s finest. Have a nice time with Jesus and remember us to Him.”

STATEMENT FROM THE COMMUNION PARTNERS

Support for Bishop Love (Oct. 10, 2020)

We, Communion Partner Bishops, stand in support of our brother, the Rt. Rev’d William Love, as he responds to the ruling of the Disciplinary Board concerning his Pastoral Direction of November, 2018. We support unreservedly his convictions on the church’s traditional teaching on marriage. We continue to uphold him and his diocese in prayer in a very difficult time.

This is a crucial time in the life of our church. This disciplinary case points to the pressing need for finding “a lasting path forward for mutual flourishing” (General Convention 2018, Resolution A227) for both sides in the question of marriage in the Episcopal Church. The Task Force on Communion Across Difference, charged with this work by the General Convention in 2018, represents an attempt by our church to do this. More work remains to be done now, throughout the church, in order to find this path forward.

We remain dismayed that latitude is extended to some in the enforcement of our canons, but not to others. If members of the church who hold the traditional teaching on the question of marriage have “an indispensable place” (Resolution A227) in our church, as the General Convention has said, then securing that place needs to be a priority. Again, now is the time. This indispensable place should not be an unstable one.

We ask for your continued prayers for Bishop Love, the Diocese of Albany, and for the Disciplinary Board as they prepare an Order in this matter.

The Rt. Rev. Lloyd Allen
Bishop of Honduras

The Rt. Rev. John Bauerschmidt
Bishop of Tennessee

The Rt. Rev. Greg Brewer
Bishop of Central Florida

The Rt. Rev. Daniel Martins
Bishop of Springfield

The Rt. Rev. Moises Quezada Mota
Bishop of the Dominican Republic

The Rt. Rev. David M. Reed
Bishop of West Texas

The Rt. Rev. Michael G. Smith
Bishop Assistant of Dallas

The Rt. Rev. George Sumner
Bishop of Dallas

https://communionpartners.org/support-for-bishop-love-oct-10-2020/

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