DCNY blog readers may recall that Bp. Robert Duncan was denied permission to preach at St. Andrew's in Vestal in 2005. Bishop Skip said it was because Duncan had become "a lightening rod." This was said after the bishop sponsored the international lightening rod, Marcus Borg, to speak to diocesan clergy. ed.
INCLUSIVITY, the new doctrine of The Episcopal Church, took a beating this past week, when the ANGLICAN BISHOP OF BOLIVIA, The Rt. Rev. Frank Lyons was denied the right to preach and perform sacramentally at the Church of the Good Samaritan in Paoli, PA. The Diocesan Standing Committee told the priest in charge, The Rev. Todd Cederberg, that Lyons would not be permitted to preach et al. So he delivered a brief statement on the work going on in his diocese. When I wrote to The Rev. Glen Matis, President of the Standing Committee to ask why he was denied, I got no reply. When I wrote and asked him (again) if Good Samaritan could have The Most Rev. Drexel Gomez (West Indies) come and preach and administer the sacraments, I was told Archbishop Gomez would have to write a letter to Bishop Rodney Michel, the interim bishop of the Diocese of Pennsylvania. Of course, if Cederberg had wanted to have Spong come for a pastoral visit, the green light would have been given without any question at all. But a godly bishop from a recognized diocese in the Anglican Communion to an evangelical parish in an ultra-liberal (and dying) diocese is denied. Ah inclusivity.