Monday, November 24, 2008

Not that it matters much, but...

Here is the response from Jack Leo Iker, the third bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth regarding the inhibition placed upon him this past week.


FORT WORTH, Texas – A letter of inhibition and supporting documents were issued Friday, Nov. 21, from the office of Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, to the Rt. Rev. Jack Leo Iker, Bishop of Fort Worth. However the inhibition is of no force or effect, since the Bishop and Diocese, meeting in annual convention, constitutionally realigned with another province of the Anglican Communion on Saturday, Nov. 15, and are now constituent members of the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone. Documents to this effect have been made public. Consequently, this attempted inhibition will not deter the Bishop from the continuance of his ministry.

Two responses are being issued at this time. From Bishop Iker:

Katharine Jefferts Schori has no authority over me or my ministry as a Bishop in the Church of
God. She never has, and she never will. Since November 15, 2008, both the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth and I as the Diocesan Bishop have been members of the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone. As a result, canonical declarations of the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church pertaining to us are irrelevant and of no consequence.

The Rt. Rev. Jack Leo Iker
Bishop of Fort Worth
Typical of all Jack's missives, it is arrogant and totally without any sense of constraint. He wants what he wants when he wants it. So, there! Just like a child. (You're not the boss of me!!!!!!) I don't think that is what Jesus meant, Jack, when he said we had to be like children. I think he meant innocent, not selfish.
Read this and the Standing Committee's statement here. That is, if you have absolutely nothing else to do.
If you want to see something great, check out the open red door. There is life in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth and it is GOOD!!


Lauralew said...

Do you remember Jimmy Swaggart when he was caught in some sin and disciplined by the Assemblies of God? How he went off and founded his own church? I am reminded of that when reading here.

A servant leader (which I thought church leaders were, according to the model of Jesus) has to be able to accept discipline. I just don't see Jack ever washing someone's feet, sorry.

Barbi Click said...

Yes, I do remember Swaggart well. JLI doesn't even consider the fact that he could be wrong.

I can too easily imagine a Jack that is full of a super pious Oh I am not worthy.