“Katharine Jefferts Schori has no authority over me or my ministry as a Bishop in the
. She never has and she never will,” he said. “Since Nov. 15, both the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth and I as the diocesan Bishop have been members of the Church of God 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.” Anglican Province
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I do not wish to downplay the LGBT denial of rights issue one iota but what turned Mr. Schofield and apparently Mr. Iker is the fact that a woman -- yes a woman - has the gall to depose him, the mighty Mr. Iker!
The process of leaving the Episcopal Church by John David Schofield never took a leap forward until +Schori became the Presiding Bishop. Before, she was an irrelevant Bishop in backwater Nevada that could be ignored without any pain at all. Then suddenly she becomes the Presiding Bishop for TEC and the San Joaquin diocese hit fifth gear moving faster than ever to leave. During that time JDS spent as much time in consultation with Mr. Iker and Mr. Duncan and should be Mr. Wantland as he did in his own diocese tending to his clergy. Sure, they have had a run up to this day and the issue that they find palatable is the LGBT issue because, as was seen in California, these Bishops can bamboozle the general public into believing that hatred trumps love. Could you imagine if they took on the woman as clergy issue head on? Gee, I'd guess there are about half the people in the world that would rise up in arms and the other half would support them. They cannot take on the woman issue because they know they would lose. So these thugs use the LGBT issue instead. It is in this article, for perhaps the first time, one of them made a slip. I can only hope that those powers that be, Fr. Harris, will recognize the real issue .