Fling out the Accusations
The American Anglican Council puts out a weekly news update, sent by email. This week, in an article on the continuing legal process in Central New York over the property, real and monitory, of Good Shepherd Church, there appeared this cartoon logo. The point, apparently, is that AAC's Bishop Anderson believes the Diocese of Fort Worth is being held at gun point by the Chancellor of TEC over the return of funds under the guise of a "peaceful and orderly transfer of property and other assets."
Anderson says, "The use of the word "peaceful" for their demand reminds me of a satirical cartoon seen on the internet (at left): a hand holding a loaded pistol, with the caption "Hand over the money and nobody gets hurt." That about sums up the Episcopal Church's concept of peaceful. . .their way or else. " He doesn't note source of the cartoon.
The imaginative ways of proclaiming the deep wounds being inflicted on the realignment, conservative or anglo-catholic folk in TEC are indeed creative.
Last week it was the accusation brought by the headline of an article by George Conger, proclaiming that "Now a bishop is blacklisted in the USA." He writes, "The American Church’s blacklisting of conservative clergy has spread to the episcopate. On March 9 the former Bishop of Southern Virginia, the Rt Rev David Bane informed Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori that he was resigning from the US House of Bishops and had been received into the Province of the Southern Cone, were he will serve as an assisting bishop in the Diocese of Pittsburgh to the Rt Rev Robert Duncan." Conger further opines, "since his resignation, Bishop Bane had been blacklisted for employment as an interim and part-time priest, and stated that his calls to the local and national church leaders for assistance had been ignored." He then notes, "While evangelical and Anglo-Catholic clergy have long been aware of the blacklist exercised by the church hierarchy against employment in many dioceses, Bishop Bane’s ban appears to be the first of a centrist bishop seeking clerical employment after having voted against Robinson."
The one-two-three punch is (i) Bishop Bane is unable to get a job and joins the Province of the Southern Cone, (ii) He was blacklisted by TEC, (iii) it must be because he voted against Bishop Robinson. Of course he doesn't quote Bishop Bane as saying that he was blacklisted. He shows no proof of a "ban" in place. Perhaps Bishop Bane is not without fault in all this. But at any event there is no evidence of a "blacklist" or a "ban" in hiring Bishop Bane.
Oddly the news might have been stated differently: Bishop Bane who could not get a job in a TEC diocese looked for work elsewhere. The object of this article is to dump on that terrible thing, that The Episcopal Church hierarchy that is out to "get" anyone who voted against the confirmation of Bishop Robinson.
The Church of England Newspaper, not an "official" paper of the Church of England, runs many stories by George Conger. The impression of readers there must be that TEC is shot through and through with terrible people set on destroying anyone who gets in their way. Flinging out the accusations makes it almost impossible to work with the truth, which is quite unlike the image projected in this story.
Small parishes are being held up at gun point and bishops are being banned from employment. Perhaps it is not that. Perhaps it is just that both are being held accountable, the one for the proper use of trust funds, the other for proper use of trust.