Bishop William Wantland, retired, of Eau Claire and Bishop Henry Scriven, sometime assistant bishop in Pittsburgh, formerly of the CofE Diocese of Europe and soon to be with SAMS UK, have been taken from the list of bishops with standing in The Episcopal Church. Episcopal News Service covers this HERE.
Bishop Wantland, now of the Province of the Southern Cone, somehow believes that there is a real difference between quitting, leaving, and that taking up camp elsewhere is something like rejecting TEC but not renouncing his ministry in TEC. But the thing is, he has left the House of Bishops here, has renounced TEC, and moved on. So his muttering about being shocked by all this is a bit much.
Bishop Scriven has been playing all sides: He has been part of the ministry of TEC, now part of the ministry of the Province of the Southern Cone and soon to be part of the ministry of the Church of England. The one thing he has clearly done is continue to serve in the Pittsburgh diocese related to the Southern Cone. My sense is he has been a hired assistant, under contract with the then Diocese of Pittsburgh and really didn't see much reason to think in a larger box. But there it is: He went with the Southern Cone and he is leaving for the CofE. He is not part of TEC and we hardly missed him.
"Voluntary renunciation" is about giving up standing as a bishop in TEC. The implications are clear: by not being a bishop in TEC nothing done or said by the person can be claimed as a ministry of TEC. Nada, nothing. There will be the usual wringing of hands that these two really did not renounce the ministry, that they are still bishops, that elsewhere they are recognized, etc. Right. But they did reject the exercise of episcopal office in The Episcopal Church and made it clear that they were no longer part of this church. It would appear that they voluntarily rejected, and renounced, their role as bishop in TEC. And that is what this is about. They have left, and did so having rejected TEC, and now TEC is agreeing with them. Having left they are no longer bishops of this Church.
Bishop Wantland is making a fuss, which fuss can be read about HERE. He claims he has not resigned his orders (which, if he is speaking sacramentally, fair enough) and that he wants to be part of the House of Bishops of TEC. He is living a bit on the edge there, since he also claims to be part of the Province of the Southern Cone. He believes that in the Presiding Bishop's letter concerning voluntary renunciation he has not received a response to his request to be part of the House of Bishops. What part of 'No" doesn't he understand. He has left, it seemed voluntary, it is both a rejection of and a renunciation of ministry in TEC.
Meanwhile the deposed bishop of Recife, now bishop in the Province of the Southern Cone, has decided with his diocese to move on to join the Anglican Church in North America. No great surprise here, except that the article on this by George Conger includes this item of interest:
"The IEAB (Episcopal / Anglican Church of Brazil) reconstituted the remnants into a new IEAB Diocese of Recife, and at present there are two Anglican jurisdictions in Northeast Brazil. On Oct 30 the diocesan standing committee rejected suggestions that it was a “continuing church.”
“We are part of the Anglican Communion, part of the Global South, partners of the Networks of the Anglican Communion in the US and Canada, partners of the Common Cause Movement, of GAFCON, signing on to the Jerusalem Declaration and the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, in permanent dialogue with all the orthodox expressions of Anglicanism, seeking to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit in this slow, difficult, but inevitable realignment,” they said."
This, of course, is propaganda of the worse sort, produced by the deposed bishop of Recife.
There are not "two Anglican jurisdictions in Northeast Brazil." The Province of the Southern Cone (PSC) diocese of Recife is not recognized in any way by the Anglican Communion office. The PSC diocese is not part of the Anglican Communion. All the rest - concerning their alignment with the variety of realignment agents is true, save the "Networks of the Anglican Communion." I have no idea what they are talking about there, but perhaps they meant the Anglican Communion Network, now going out of business and making way for the Anglican Church in North America.
There continues to be all this foolishness of reporting on a "third province movement" or a "third province in North America." The movement is not about anything "third." It is about claiming to be the true faith as opposed to those awful people in TEC and the Anglican Church of Canada.
Bishops are on the move, but fortunately they are not our bishops.