As I Watch From Afar
You just have to know that I am giggling. It is rather sad, I suppose, but then, living amongst this type of stuff for so long sort of warps a sense of humor, don't you know?
Here is the latest, sent out last night - a Saturday night, no less! So, for your early morning enjoyment, read on!
Sent: Saturday, August 16, 2008 9:42 PM
Cc: Bishop IkerSubject: Ad Clerum: Statement
To the clergy,
The following statement has been released jointly by Canon Charles Hough, Fr. William Crary, Fr. Christopher Stainbrook, and Fr. Louis Tobola in reference to the document released earlier this week concerning a June meeting between them and Bishop Kevin Vann.Bishop Iker and the Standing Committee have asked that it be conveyed to you via Ad Clerum. It will be sent to all convention delegates and alternates as well.
From: Fathers Crary, Hough, Stainbrook, and Tobola
Date: August 16, 2008
To: The Clergy and People of the Diocese
We wish to emphasize:
1. That the documents and our conversation with Bishop Vann solely ever represented the four priests named.
2. In retrospect, we regret our choice of timing for starting these conversations.
3. We deeply regret the phraseology of the document which has caused hurt and division.
4. We remain fully committed to the goal of this Diocese, as plainly stated by Bishop Iker, to realign with an Orthodox Anglican Province.
The Very Rev. William A Crary, Jr.
The Rev. Canon Charles A. Hough, III
The Very Rev. Christopher C. Stainbrook
The Rev. Louis L. Tobola, Jr.
Well, just what could one expect from one whose "theology hasn't changed" since he was nine years old (as stated by The Rev. Canon Charles A. Hough, III at an adult forum last year at Trinity Episcopal Church in Fort Worth.)
I bet they do all regret...in retrospect. Sounding like a good idea at one point...
So, now it is doubly, triply clear...the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth has no intention of becoming an offshoot of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth. Rather, its intentions are to "realign with an Orthodox Anglican Province."
Big "O" orthodox?