Members of an Episcopal Church advocacy group in the Diocese of South Carolina have asked the church’s leadership to “investigate” a series of actions which they say “are accelerating the process of alienation and disassociation” of the diocese from the Episcopal Church.
The Episcopal Forum of South Carolina Sept. 22 sent a five-page letter to Executive Council and the House of Bishops that lists a series of what are called “recent actions and inactions on the part of the diocesan leadership and leaders in parishes and missions within the diocese.”
In one such instance, the letter says the diocese has “taken no disciplinary measures or legal action” against the leaders of St. Andrew’s Church, Mt. Pleasant, since they claimed in March to have led the parish out of the Episcopal Church.
It’s useless to argue legality in situations like these or to piously claim that Mrs. Schori doesn’t have the canonical authority to do this or that. Again and again, she’s demonstrated that she’s going to do whatever she wants and let David Booth Beers “interpret” her actions as entirely canonical.
So continuing to prattle on about the Presiding Bishop’s lawlessness and her complete and utter disregard for what the canons say is a waste of time. One hopes, though, that these South Carolina quislings are forced to explain in court how they are harmed by the civilized and entirely Christian departure from the Diocese of a parish to which none of them, presumably, belong.
Legally, I don’t know how this is going to turn out. I do know that it’s yet another demonstration of the incontestable fact that traditionalist Anglicans no longer have a place in the Episcopal Organization, haven’t since 2006 and any contention that they still do is nothing more than willful self-deception.