It would have been perhaps polite if the statement title referred to her by any one of several of the titles that might assumed to be of interest to the reader: President (of the House of Deputies), Dr. or even Mrs. Instead it is Bishop Jack Iker and Bonnie Anderson. Well, maybe that's no big deal.
Perhaps of greater importance is his reference to polity: "I consider it a breach of protocol and a violation of the basic polity of The Episcopal Church." The "it" is coming into his diocese seemingly without notification or permission. Via Media Fort Worth has denied lack of notification. Seemingly he felt it unimportant to ask her to stay away, since the press is better if it seems he is being beaten up by those awful liberals.
But there is the clincher: Bishop Iker forgets who he is. He says in his statement, "“I regard her visit as part of a concerted effort to undermine the existing diocesan leadership in favor of those who support the liberal agenda of the General Convention Church."
This "General Convention Church" (GCC) business is a distancing statement - this is THAT church that is liberal, awful, heretical, no longer biblical, etc. It is the church that he and his friends are hoping to replace with a more pure and refined church, orthodox, Anglican and the replacement for The Episcopal Church (aka the GCC).
This is part of a larger distancing effort in which The Episcopal Church is identified with this somewhat sleazy liberal thing, called The General Convention.
The Bishop forgets who he is:
- His ministry is described and authorized in the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church, under whose discipline he was elected as bishop, received consents (by way of a process outlined in the canons), and ordained by Episcopal Church bishops, members of the House of Bishops of this Church, all of which are products of The General Convention.
- He is empowered to exercise ministry as a bishop in the Diocese of Fort Worth by virtue of his promises made at his ordination, which prayer book service and oath of office are the product of General Convention.
But now he seems to think "The General Convention Church" is some awful thing from which he must distance himself, whose Presiding Bishop is not really real, and whose House of Deputies President is the enemy.
Bishop Iker no longer comes from here, The Episcopal Church, because The Episcopal Church and the General Convention Church are one and the same, and they always have been.
He is making noise in order to raise up a new bugaboo - some awful liberal thing (gasp!) the General Convention Church. I hope this dopey name gets dropped quickly.