- Merriam Webster definition:
- Main Entry:
: language used to deceive usually through concealment or misrepresentation of truth
In years gone by Bishop John Howe, along with then Bishop Wantland and also ran bishop John David Mercer Schofield filed papers and claimed the name (actually "incorporated with the name) The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America. At that time the sole idea was to subvert the Presiding Bishop and the Executive Council.
In years gone by then Bishop (now Mr.) John David Schofield, when confronted with his concept of divorcing the diocese from the Episcopal Church in the United States of America, tried to convince us in the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin that we had not "moved' but rather it was the National Church that had moved.
Now, in an attempt to justify the insidious move of the Communion Partners (including the Reverend Rob Eaton, Rector of St. John's in Tulare, CA in the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin), the Bishop of Central Florida, John Howe, states the following:
We have not one iota of desire to promote schism. Our desire is to protect our constituent membership in the Anglican Communion. The Executive Council has said that the only body that can act upon the Anglican Covenant is the General Convention. We do not believe that is accurate. We believe that dioceses and even parishes could decide to "opt into" it.
Given all of that here is how I could see this scenario playing out. Certain parishes and dioceses, claiming to be within the Episcopal Church, "opt in" to the RCDC Covenant. Most of these parishes and diocese are de facto orthodites with an agenda against women, LGBT and other marginalized persons such as handicapped and the culturally different. Those parishes and diocese that champion the full inclusion of all persons refuse to "opt in" to the "Anglican Communion" through the RCDC Covenant and are therefore "left out". Then, the Primates Council, led by the infamous gay hating archbishop Peter Akinola "votes to recognize the true Episcopal Church in the United States of America, the diocese and parishes that have approved and opted in the Covenant.
Case closed. "Episcopal" Church is still with us. God be praised and Alleluia we have won and salvation is upon us!
PS: I would recommend that Bishop Howe read the book written by William Winton Manross pages 351, 352, and 354. While not conclusive it does give a slightly different historical perspective than what Mr. Howe remembers.