The South Carolina election

March 17, 2007

Friday of 3rd Lent
March 16, 2007

Sisters and Brothers:

As the House of Bishops began gathering at Camp Allen, Texas, last night, the Presiding Bishop announced that although the Bishop-Elect of the Diocese of South Carolina had received consenting votes from more than a majority of dioceses by the deadline at midnight, last Monday, there were “canonical deficiencies” in the written responses (e.g. e-mail submissions rather than signed statements from Standing Committees). Accordingly, she declared the election null and void; the diocese will have to hold another election.

You may read the Episcopal News Service report here, and the statement of the President of South Carolina’s Standing Committee here.

One option open to the Diocese of South Carolina is to re-elect the Rev’d Mark Lawrence in anticipation of receiving, on the second go-around, the necessary number of consents by the deadline and in the proper canonical form.

Your Standing Committee and I both consented, in accord with the canons, and well before the deadline.

The official beginning of the House meeting begins after lunch today. In the interim, I am attending a workshop of the College for Bishops, dealing with the understanding and function of the provisions of Title IV of our canons, which establishes the disciplinary process for clergy charged with misconduct.

Throughout the meeting of the House of Bishops, I shall keep you informed as appropriate.

Faithfully, +Dorsey USC VII


3 Responses to “The South Carolina election”

  1. BruceMarshall Says:

    According to Hayden McCormick+, “Fr. Lawrence has modeled exemplary patience and calmness by enduring a level of scrutiny and persecution that is without precedent in The Episcopal Church (TEC).” Kendall Harmon+ has also told the national press that SC is the victim of mean-spirited actions by TEC.
    This unwillingness to recognize that it was the public statements of Fr. Lawrence and the failure of the Standing Committee of SC to secure enough valid consents in over 4 months — with extra time granted by the PB at the last moment — that caused the election to be voided. By now, it should be clear that the leaders of SC are engaged in a political ploy to advance the schemes of +Duncan and the Network of parishes that are maneuvering with the GS primates to split TEC. Fr. McCormick also makes it clear that they intend to continue this direction.
    One would hope that all the bishops and Standing Committees will take these actions into account regardless of who becomes the next candidate from this troubled diocese.

  2. Zachary Braddock Says:

    In respoonse to Bruce Marshall’s post above me:

    You are incorrect. For 72 years, no bishop, regardless of his or her views, has been denied the consecration to the Episcopacy. Father Lawrence was not allowed this, because he chooses to follow the Gospel. IF you look at the voting record, those who voted for His Excellency, V.G. Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire, those who voted for him voted against Father Lawrence, almost consistently.

    Bruce, you are blind to the fact that the Episcopal Church is saying, “My way or the Highway”.

    Our Father, which art in Heaven, hallowed by thy name.
    Thy kingdom come, THY WILL BE DONE, on earth, as it is in Heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that tresspass against us.
    And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from Evil. Amen.

    Zachary, Acolyte in the Church of God.

  3. BruceMarshall Says:

    Zachary, what a fantasyland you are living in!
    Lawrence+ had the necessary majority of bishops votes! He failed to get the approval of the Standing Committees in the form required by the canons. It was that simple. No persecution, no plots, just bad managment from the lower diocese.

    Your typography suggests that you (and +Duncan and ++Akinola perhaps) know exactly what God’s will for the rest of mankind is! That’s a scary thought.

    Time to meditate this Holy Week!

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