It is with a mixture of sadness and joy that we received today a letter from Bishop Lamb wherein he purports to depose 36 priests and 16 deacons as of May 22, 2009. It is heartbreaking that The Episcopal Church chooses to take such a punitive action and condemn 52 active clergy with “Abandonment of the Communion” when all of these men and women are recognized around the world as priests and deacons in good standing within the Anglican Communion.Clearly, the traditional understanding of what it means to be a member of this historic Communion has been tragically altered by this action; and thereby The Episcopal Church needlessly isolates itself from their brothers and sisters around the world.Note the closing "shared common vision of ministry" - David did not ask blessing on all of us, each and every one; no, just those on his side.
The Diocese of San Joaquin continues to reach out to the central third of California in active ministry. It will become one of 23 founding Dioceses, along with 5 more in formation, within the new Province of the Anglican Church in North America at its first Provincial Assembly in Bedford, Texas, June 22-25. Despite The Episcopal Church’s disregard for valid Anglican Orders and ongoing legal actions against us, the bold vision to bring all to an ever expanding knowledge and joy of the Lord Jesus Christ remains unchanged within the diocese. We rejoice over the growing number of ministries seeking to join themselves with us in the mission field God has put before us.
We are, however, grieved that the leadership of The Episcopal Church feels compelled to create this unprecedented division between the ministries of The Episcopal Church and their brothers and sisters throughout the rest of the Anglican Communion. For our part, we continue to recognize the orders of those who are properly ordained according to the Book of Common Prayer and who have chosen to continue to serve Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior within TEC.
May God bless all of us who share a common vision of ministry.
Dave continues to portray himself and the schismatics as the wronged party and Lamb's action is completely illegal because David says it is. "We are, however, grieved that the leadership of The Episcopal Church feels compelled to create this unprecedented division ..." Of course, David did nothing to bring division - he is merely the wronged party in a messy divorce which he did not want.
I still want to know what/where these twenty-eight "dioceses" are. Three, possibly four from TEC, three from the REC and where else?
I call your attention to the Christmas letter he wrote in 2008. This might be a good time to re-read that fiction.
One must had it to Dave; he is ever the master of delusion and denial.