The Living Church reports today that "Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori announced June 12 that she had accepted the renunciations of bishops David C. Bane and Edward MacBurney." This is of course no surprise.
Bishop Bane left unhappy that there seemed to be no place for him to exercise his ministry after his resignation from Southern Virginia. Bishop MacBurney has had an off again / on again relationship with the Church. Both are part of the Province of the Southern Cone at the moment, but sure to be part of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) if it gets started later this month.
According to The Living Church, "Bishop Jefferts Schori said that she did not depose the two, but had removed them from the ordained ministry of The Episcopal Church “for causes which do not affect [their] moral character,” an action which would not affect their standing in other provinces, she noted." It may be that nothing in all this will "affect their standing in other provinces" but their actions in ACNA will. It was reported that Bishop Bane would become assistant to Moderator, soon to be Archbishop, Duncan in the Southern Cone Diocese of Pittsburgh.
When ACNA cranks up there will be a mass exodus of bishops from the Southern Cone, including one supposes, Bishops Bena and MacBurney. Other bishops to leave: Schofield, Iker, Duncan, Wantland... perhaps there are more, I forget. At any rate the Province of the Southern Cone is about to melt and all the gringos are off to better climes in far North America.
When Bishops Bane and MacBurney reappear in the ACNA group working (ordaining, confirming) they will be (i) acting in a church not a Province of the Anglican Communion, (ii) in ways that counter long standing rules about messing around in jurisdictions not your own, (iii) in a church that eschews communion with The Episcopal Church. At that point they will have adequately shown that they have no regard at all for TEC, are acting contrary to the vows they made as bishops, and are now acting in ways that do affect their moral character.
But at least now the house has been swept. We are clear: These two are not bishops in this church, not now, not ever again. The House of Bishops now does not include Bishops Bane and MacBurney, period. They have no standing as bishops in this church. Let the buyer beware.