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July 15, 2012

Episcopal Diocese of Ft. Worth Places Ad in Newspaper Repudiating Actions of GC 77

This morning’s Fort Worth Star-Telegram carries a message in the form of a half-page advertisement from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, responding to the approval by TEC’s General Convention, meeting this past week in Indianapolis, of a rite of same-sex blessing and for the ordination of transgendered persons. 

Through Saturday, July 14, the only report on these developments offered by the newspaper was an Associated Press wire story in its online edition. As you may know, the entire TEC deputation from Fort Worth voted in favor of the SSB rite; a photograph of their signed ballot was circulated online.
Suzanne Gill
Director of Communications
The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth

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Good for them! Hopefully TEC won’t sue them over this.

[1] Posted by the virginian on 7-15-2012 at 01:41 PM · [top]

Good for them! Wake up all of the ostriches and “It Can’t Happen Here” types!

[2] Posted by sophy0075 on 7-15-2012 at 01:54 PM · [top]

St. Andrew’s placed the ad, actually. They deserve credit for this message to our community.

[3] Posted by Suzanne Gill on 7-15-2012 at 02:26 PM · [top]

SO St. Andrews is a parish under Bishop Ohl? Is that correct? If so, this is pretty gutsy stuff.  I wonder when the title IV charges will be coming to the intake officer against their priest?? I hope not but this is TEC after all.

[4] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 7-15-2012 at 03:12 PM · [top]

Fort Worth has two entities called “The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth.”

The true diocese, under the leadership of Bp. Jack Iker, withdrew from TEC General Convention a few years ago. It is now part of ACNA.

Those few individuals who chose to remain part of TEC formed a Potemkin “diocese” under the very same name, and have a “provisional bishop” in Bishop C. Wallis Ohl.

TEC is trying to sue the ACNA “The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth” into oblivion, and the ACNA group are fighting back, tooth and nail. The TEC “The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth” has very limited resources, since the ACNA “The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth” has the name, most of the property, membership, and other resources.

In the end, the only winners will be the lawyers. Millions have been spent.

As far as I can tell, St. Andrews Episcopal Church is part of the ACNA “The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth.” The ad comes across to me as a little snarky - hitting a man when he’s down, barely breathing, and bleeding. But, I can understand why this kind of direct language is necessary in Fort Worth.

That being said, the phrase “We repudiate all claims…indeed Christian” is wonderfully crafted.

[5] Posted by Ralph on 7-15-2012 at 03:41 PM · [top]

St. Andrew’s is a parish in the diocese headed by Bishop Iker, ACNA, not the rump ECUSA “diocese.”

[6] Posted by Katherine on 7-15-2012 at 05:07 PM · [top]

Sorry the ad was confusing to me.

[7] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 7-15-2012 at 05:25 PM · [top]

The Ft. Worth diocese’s rationale is that it was, and is, the Episcopal Diocese of Ft. Worth, and that didn’t change because it disassociated from the General Convention.  The use of the term has been part of the court battle in Texas.  It is confusing, though, SC blu cat lady, to those not familiar with the case.

[8] Posted by Katherine on 7-15-2012 at 05:56 PM · [top]

I’m not sure it’s necessary, but Fort Worth people are definitely of the straight-talk variety. The letters to the editor should be fun this week.

Fort Worth is where the atheists bought billboard space on the buses, so Christians started driving around after the buses with their own billboards. The story is not on line, sad to say.

[9] Posted by Words Matter on 7-15-2012 at 06:19 PM · [top]

Words Matter,

You don’t see this online because it is a paid display advertisement. To date, the paper has not run a news story about General Convention on its newsprint.

[10] Posted by Suzanne Gill on 7-15-2012 at 09:25 PM · [top]

Ms. Gill,

I meant the buys story. There was a great picture of a bus being followed by a truck with counter-messages. I know this is about an ad, but I’m thinking there will end up being a story, and letters top the letter in any CA. Best wishes to you folks, by the way.

[11] Posted by Words Matter on 7-15-2012 at 10:07 PM · [top]

This makes me wish my wife and I were still in Fort Worth.  Gutsy stand up action by Fr. Bill and the church.

[12] Posted by bob+ on 7-15-2012 at 10:23 PM · [top]

Awesome straight-talking to the whole community.

Why shouldn’t any church in TEC or ACNA do this?  The local media will take the dollars (heck, I suspect many of their editorial staff would agree) and the issue is placed firmly before the community. 

There is a also a subtler sub-message:  The christian gospel does have things to say about life on other days besides Sunday.

[13] Posted by MichaelA on 7-16-2012 at 12:17 AM · [top]

Apologies for the hash job on #11.  Perhaps my intent was comprehensible, however.

I don’t think that the Star-Telegram has many staff members who would be sympathetic to the ACNA group. Nevertheless, they need the cash (!) and it will stir up some interest for them.

[14] Posted by Words Matter on 7-16-2012 at 08:20 AM · [top]

It does confirm that Bishop Iker views the diocese as his diocese.  Not clear who Bishop Iker is answerable to in this ad.

[15] Posted by Dallasite on 7-16-2012 at 10:20 AM · [top]

#8, Katherine.Thanks for the reminder. Yes, I should have realized that Bishop Iker and his diocese have continued to be the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. I know that as I have followed the Fort Worth case via Mr. Haley. I am used to those who have left TEC using the term Anglican.

[16] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 7-16-2012 at 10:33 AM · [top]

No there is no indication that Fort Worth is in ACNA.  Bishop Iker is answerable to the bishops of ACNA and the members of his diocese of course.

[17] Posted by bob+ on 7-16-2012 at 10:37 AM · [top]

Dallasite, the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is a founding member of the Anglican Church in North America, and Bishop Iker is a member of its College of Bishops. Archbishop Robert Duncan is head of the ACNA. Additionally, the diocesan Web site quotes its Constitution in stating that EDFW is a constituent member of the Anglican Communion. The larger point is that the actions of General Convention are an affront to all Christians who take Scripture as their authority.

I think the term “his diocese” was meant to clarify which “Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth” was indicated. Your point is well taken – “this diocese” would have been better. smile

[18] Posted by Suzanne Gill on 7-16-2012 at 10:44 AM · [top]

Good for them.  I wonder if the “rump” diocese will try anything similar?

[19] Posted by B. Hunter on 7-16-2012 at 04:21 PM · [top]

“Not clear who Bishop Iker is answerable to in this ad.”

Probably to the same Person or persons that PB Schori is answerable to, wouldn’t you think?

[20] Posted by MichaelA on 7-16-2012 at 05:40 PM · [top]

Our second statement comes out tomorrow. Where’s Wally?



[21] Posted by Bill+ on 7-17-2012 at 06:39 PM · [top]

Here’s the picture I was looking for. Fort Worth is such a plain-talk place.  I knew there would be stories, and am monitoring the Star-Telegram for letters (none yet).


Bill+  (Fr. or Mr. not sure what you prefer) -

God be with you. This Catholic boy is praying for you and proud to share Fort Worth with you.

[23] Posted by Words Matter on 7-17-2012 at 07:54 PM · [top]

I am fond of the title “Glockfather” or “Master Pistolero.”


[24] Posted by Bill+ on 7-17-2012 at 08:04 PM · [top]

Part II was in yesterday’s paper.




[25] Posted by Bill+ on 7-19-2012 at 08:22 AM · [top]

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