08 November 2008

Quincy does the deed, or If wishes were dioceses, all would be well

While we were mourning the actions of the California election, and celebrating the election of Mr. Obama, two events happened in TEC that were buried in the dust.

First, the former Episcopalians living in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh elected Bobby Duncan to be their non-bishop. Of course they claim he is the 9th bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, but he is not. He is the first non-bishop of the diocese of nothing.

Duncan is jubilant to be "back where I belong." The mental image of him strutting around playing an air guitar while singing "I'm back, back in the saddle again" (Aerosmith) is just priceless. Where he belongs is in jail, Alas that won't happen because The Episcopal Church has refused to adequately deal with any of the roundheads.

This is, of course, absolutely no surprise to anyone. This has been the plan for several years as part of the Chapman battle plan (which TEC has chosen to ignore or at most treat as children's sandbox play).

The second bit of news is that on Friday, the majority of hand picked delegates to the Diocese of Quincy voted to leave the Episcopal Church.

Immediately following the vote, delegates were read a letter from Archbishop Gregory Venables, primate, or national bishop, of the Southern Cone, welcoming the Diocese of Quincy into his jurisdiction.

In the letter, Venables announced that he has appointed the Rev. Canon Ed den Blaauwen, a member of Quincy's governing standing committee, as Vicar General of the diocese, in the absence of a sitting bishop.

The Southern Cone includes the countries of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay
The problem with this warm and fuzzy statement is that, as we all know, what Venables did is illegal by the canons and constitution of his own province. Venables has the same disregard for the rules of his own province as he has for the rules of the rest of the Anglican Communion.

The Canons and Constitution of the Southern Cone state that all dioceses must be in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, and all clergy of the province must reside in one of these countries. I just checked the world map, and Quincy (and San Joaquin and Pittsburgh) are still in the country known to the world as The United States of America. No tornado has picked them up and removed them to South America regardless of how much Dorothy Venables says it did.

One must truly wonder why any province would want to receive bishops, priests, or deacons, who are as dishonest and disreputable as these people are. They have clearly demonstrated they lack of integrity and inability to honour even simple promises. They have absolutely no regard for the rules. Oh, a new term for these people -- "Promise Breakers!" I like that. It's the complete opposite of that group of people who are taught to keep promises (can't use their trademarked name).

I have to admit a bit of wonder here. Why is it that those who scream loudest about morality are, themselves, blatantly immoral? Violating the rules one has vowed to honour/uphold is an immoral act. But of course, their immorality is not the problem, other people's immorality is the problem. You just gotta love Donatism, it's so, so convenient for theological criminals.