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September 12, 2008


TLC:  Bishop MacBurney Issues An Apology

The Living Church: 

The Rt. Rev. Edward H. MacBurney, retired Bishop of Quincy, and Wicks Stephens, his lawyer, have reached an agreement under which Bishop MacBurney voluntarily submitted to discipline.

Last January, the Title IV [disciplinary] Review Committee issued a presentment against Bishop MacBurney for allegedly leading a service of confirmation at a congregation which had left the Diocese of San Diego in order to join the Anglican Church of the Southern Cone in South America. Bishop MacBurney was subsequently inhibited, or prohibited, from functioning in any way as a priest or bishop, pending an ecclesiastical trial which had been scheduled to be held in November.

In her “Sentence Upon Voluntary Submission to Discipline” dated Sept. 9, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori removed the inhibition against Bishop MacBurney and admonished him “not to repeat the actions which caused the presentment to be brought against him.” She also directed him to apologize “in writing to the Bishop of San Diego for not respecting his authority as the bishop of that diocese.”

Bishop James Mathes of San Diego, who originally had brought the complaint against Bishop MacBurney, said he was satisfied with the outcome. The process “held a bishop of the church accountable to his colleagues and this was a good thing,” Bishop Mathes told Episcopal News Service. He said Bishop MacBurney’s willingness to apologize for his actions “provided us a way to provide forgiveness.”


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What hypocrites Jefferts Schori and this Mathes person is.

[1] Posted by mari on 9-12-2008 at 04:41 PM · [top]

Not even worth commenting on. The actions of Schori and Mathes speak for themselves.

[2] Posted by Mugsie1 on 9-12-2008 at 04:55 PM · [top]

Folks - read the story on VirtueOnline to get the FULL story free from Episco-spin.  Bishop MacBurney did not apologize for what he did in confirming on behalf of Abp Venables.  I’m sure this retraction is simply CYA for 815, for actions they took which were simply unwarranted, and un-Christian, and would probably not stand up to scrutiny at the (mock) trial scheduled for November.

Fr. Darin Lovelace
St. Paul’s Church
Durant, Iowa

[3] Posted by frdarin on 9-12-2008 at 05:06 PM · [top]

This is totally ridiculous.  Does anyone know if McBurney has transfered his holy orders to The Southern Cone?
+Stonewall

[4] Posted by BishopOfSaintJames on 9-12-2008 at 05:16 PM · [top]

Our Lady of Litigation just wants to wash her hands before Quincy leaves TEC this fall. Then she can depose Bishop Ackerman and sue for their property in “good conscience.”
jak+

[5] Posted by JerryKramer on 9-12-2008 at 05:18 PM · [top]

Mad Potter, here is a link to Virtue:

http://www.virtueonline.org/portal/modules/news/article.php?storyid=8983

And I guess I was referring to the ENS version of the story, rather than the linked TLC article - which is much more representative of the reality.

Fr. Lovelace

[6] Posted by frdarin on 9-12-2008 at 05:49 PM · [top]

I liked this from Bp MacBurney:

He said he got the news of his inhibition being lifted by fax from his attorney. “I have not heard personally from either Mrs. Jefferts Schori or Bishop Mathes.”

“How very surprising”, says me to myself, dripping with sarcasm.

[7] Posted by robroy on 9-12-2008 at 09:04 PM · [top]

If memory serves, Schori has never tried to contact him at all.  This is one of the lowest of the many lows that litter her tenure.

[8] Posted by Nikolaus on 9-12-2008 at 09:37 PM · [top]

Actually, I heard from Bishop McBurney directly that ++KJS called him after he was served with process to tell him that she was sorry that he was served as his son lay dying, that she didn’t know that his son was dying, and that he was authorized to function within his orders at his son’s funeral.

I’ll let others assess the truthfulness of her statements, but that’s what Bishop McBurney said she said.

[9] Posted by KevinBabb on 9-12-2008 at 11:37 PM · [top]

This is a statemeht that Bp. McBurney made at a meeting we were at in early June, so it is in no way inconsistent with his statement that he did not hear directly from ++KJS in relation to the disposition of the charges earlier this week, nor did I, or do I, mean so suggest that it was.

[10] Posted by KevinBabb on 9-12-2008 at 11:57 PM · [top]

What else can you expect from KJS? Put a mitre on a pig and it’s still a pig.

[11] Posted by flabellum on 9-13-2008 at 06:40 AM · [top]

Thank you Kevin for the correction.  However her claim that she was not aware of his personal situation seems to contradict Bp. Ackerman’s statement that he had advised her and asked her to hold off.  Her actions were still wicked and malicious, IMO.

[12] Posted by Nikolaus on 9-13-2008 at 12:53 PM · [top]

As I said, “I’ll let others assess the truthfulness of her statements, but that’s what Bishop McBurney said she said.”

I would only add that Bp. Ackerman is a dear friend to whom I regularly refer as “my other Bishop.”

Let’s leave it at that.

[13] Posted by KevinBabb on 9-13-2008 at 02:29 PM · [top]

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