Bishop Iker reported on the ordination last Saturday of William Ilgenfritz. This news was picked up by Mad Priest, Titus 1:9, and mostly without comment, although Mad Priest could not help but state the obvious,
"I love the irony of all these dissenters having their show consecrations in a building belonging to a foreign country that doesn't believe any of us are priests or bishops. I expect the sweetness of this irony is completely lost on the schismatics but not, in the slightest, on their Vatican hosts."
I was reminded of the fact that in a past episcopal ordination in Delaware the invitation to use a Roman Catholic Church, as had been done in the prior episcopal ordination, was withdrawn because at least one of the candidates had been previously married, and should he be elected they could not abide that! O well.
Meanwhile, Bishop Iker's report included the following comment about the chief consecrators: "Archbishop Robert W. Duncan was the chief consecrator, and the other co-consecrators were Bishop Keith Ackerman, Bishop Edward MacBurney, and Bishop William Wantland, who also preached at the service." These four were joined by nine other bishops in laying on hands.
Three of the chief consecrators are former bishops of The Episcopal Church, deposed or resigned. The fourth, Bishop Ackerman, is listed as an assisting bishop in the Diocese of Springfield and retired of Quincy. How, we might as, can he be assisting bishop in a diocese of The Episcopal Church and a chief consecrator in a service ordering a bishop in the Anglican Church of North America, a church not in communion with TEC?
It is all a mystery, I suppose. But here is something that is not a mystery: Bishop William Ilgenfritz is committed to the "no woman in orders" policy of Forward in Faith. One day that fact will return to bite the Anglican Church in North America.
And here is another thing plain as day: Four deposed, resigned, realigned and under the radar bishops do not instill much confidence regarding stability of life.