The Anglican Communion Institute has posted yet another article by Mr. Mark McCall, a lawyer, titled, "Do Bishops Deserve Due Process?
I hope they do. We all do.
The Anglican Communion Institute seems modest in its need to tell us just who Mr. Mark McCall is. We have some indication. ACI posted this as a comment on a previous blog entry of mine on the question of Mr. McCall and what makes him an interested party to the conversation:
ACI wrote, "Mr. McCall’s legal career was spent practicing law at the firm of Sullivan & Cromwell, a large, international law firm based in New York, where he was a partner. Sullivan & Cromwell is widely regarded as one of the preeminent law firms in the world. He was resident in the firm’s New York, Washington and Paris offices and also worked extensively in London and The Hague, specializing in international litigation. He represented numerous clients over many years before the international tribunal (the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal) in The Hague that adjudicated claims arising out of the Iranian revolution and the seizing of the American hostages. He also served for three years as the administrator of an international tribunal in The Hague adjudicating a claim between a Persian Gulf state and a consortium of European companies. For many years, he represented British and European clients in United States and trans-national litigation and also advised private clients and the British government in connection with treaties and other international agreements. He took an early retirement from his firm, and is no longer affiliated with Sullivan & Cromwell."
Impressive. He is a retired lawyer, and it appears a good one. What is his connection with the Episcopal Church and its current legal or ecclesal issues? What makes him a canon lawyer? Why does he care one way or another?
I am sure there are good reasons, but we are not given any of these. The resume is very impressive. The reasons why we should take his particular opinions as more than those of anyone else is less clear.
At any rate, he thinks bishops deserve due process. So do I. He thinks Bishop Duncan is not about to get it. I think Bishop Duncan has decided that the discipline of this Church no longer holds for his actions. Bishop Duncan also believes he is not going to get a fair hearing at this meeting of the House of Bishops. That is what Mr. McCall, Bishop Duncan and a number of other interested parties believe.
The thing is why is Mr. McCall involved in all this. Why is he concerned to give us advice regarding the legal niceties of Episcopal Church canon law?