Comments: Bishop Henry Scriven

What tempests in what teapots suddenly boil over when a conservative bishop is involved these days. Especially one with strong ties to, say, Duncan the virtual archbishop yet deposed and the Sydney-Akinola-Orombi-Venebles axis of our beloved conservative Anglican realignment campaign.

Scriven's new position seems a lot more clearly situated in a new church life context, insofar as his realignment campaign ministries will have to now be worked out in the CoE contexts, rather than the much vaunted antigay USA situations that have constantly been used as realignment wedge campaign issues. Interesting to note that, once Duncan and company were clearly gone, publicly, and all in public view, Scriven found somewhere else to be. Perhaps he is not nearly so exclusively captured in the gravities of that other, realignment orbit as many others in the realignment cosmos are?

Can the realignment bishops start fights constantly, all around the planet, based on their new claims to special closed righteousness; and not have us recognize by tightening up our solidarities and governance that they are really doing so?

Clappy hands to Jefferts Schori for speeding up her alertness and responsiveness to all the sleazy shifty conservative realignment bishops boating about. She got it pretty fast, that under assault by the realignment bishops plotting in back floor rooms to suddenly rename old trust funds and establish confusing new corporations, she was better advised to run a tight ship.

Any scrutiny, heightened or regular, which conservative realignment bishops must now endure is just that logical - should we say, inevitable? - outcome of their screechy calls for high scrutiny of everybody else whom they preach have so failed their incredibly high and scrupulous church life standards.

This increased scrutiny must now shine glaring lights on, say, Armstrong in Colorado as fiscally dodgy priest, and others who claim they have new holy powers to leave TEC and keep license in it, all at the same time. What is different about Jefferts Schori's watch is partly mainly this mean-spirited conservative realignment campaign.

Posted by drdanfee at Wednesday, 28 January 2009 at 7:45pm GMT

Would you please correct our PB's name. She is Bishop Jefferts Schori. There may not be a hyphen but it should be treated as if there is one.

Posted by Deacon Charlie Perrin at Wednesday, 28 January 2009 at 9:26pm GMT

"Bishop Schori added that she believed "that subtlety was lost on some of our Communion partners" over her understanding of canon law, as her action would not undo the 'indelible' mark of ordination, but was a housekeeping action that would end his licence to serve in the US Church"
- George Conger - Religious Intelligence -

What is is about this statement of the PB of TEC that George Conger does not understand? How can he, on the basis of this (his own) evidence, say that Bishop Katherine is "deposing a Church Of England Bishop"?. What, in fact, has happened, is that the PB has accepted the renunciation by a C.of E. Bishop of his ability to exercise his episcopal ministry within TEC in the US.

As the PB herself says, in Conger's own article, this does not deprive him of the exercise of episcopal ministry in any other province of the Communion. What is so revolutionary about that? And why the need to draw attention to the consequences of Bp Scriven's own action in resigning from TEC?

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Wednesday, 28 January 2009 at 11:01pm GMT

I understand that, and always write it correctly myself. What appears above is quoted directly from Religious Intelligence.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Thursday, 29 January 2009 at 1:10am GMT

The modus operandi of the realignment crowd has always been attack, attack, attack with full invective no matter how trivial the issue and cry 'persecution!' when confronted with the consequences of one's behavior, again no matter how trivial.

It worked for a number of years, but now seems curiously quaint, vaguely ridiculous, and certainly disingenuous.

Posted by William at Thursday, 29 January 2009 at 1:27am GMT

William, that is the modus operandi of the political right in America, of which the so-called "Renewal Movement" is a wholly-owned subsidiary.

Attack! (Melo)Drama! Paranoia! Cries of persecution! Condemnation of elitists!

Posted by JPM at Thursday, 29 January 2009 at 4:35pm GMT

In the 1920s hard line evangelicals left CMS because they felt that liberal evangelicals were in charge and they founded BCMS ( Bible Churchmans missionary society... called Cross links by a more sensitive generation ).....this move represents the victory of the conservatives!

Posted by Robert Ian Williams at Sunday, 1 February 2009 at 8:08am GMT

"William, that is the modus operandi of the political right in America, of which the so-called "Renewal Movement" is a wholly-owned subsidiary.

Attack! (Melo)Drama! Paranoia! Cries of persecution! Condemnation of elitists!"

But it's so effective! People are fearful, and will follow whatever promises to protect them from whatever it is they fear. So make them more fearful, making them even easier to manipulate. It is particularly ironic in Christians, since our religion teaches us that Christ "giveth us the victory" over all our enemies, even death has no meaning for us. What can there possibly be for us to fear? Oh, right, that we will slip up in some way, or perhaps not be sufficiently servile and sycophantic and the vindictive, angry petulant God who pretends to love us will roast us for all Eternity. Right. Well, that just explains everything. When even God can't be trusted to love us, what's left but fear?

Posted by Ford Elms at Tuesday, 3 February 2009 at 1:51pm GMT
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