Other than the spectacle of the lineup of bishops who will be sitting in judgement on Bishop MacBurney, I am very pleased to see that Bishop MacBurney will resist the charges.
This is certainly a sacrificial action by Bishop MacBurney, and I hope that laypeople and clergy in TEC will learn from this. If possible, I believe that it is best to go through such processes, even when the deck is completely stacked against you.
Because it is important that our church’s national leadership be revealed for the Truly Pleasant, Highly Rational and Consistent, and Loving People that they are . . . and I believe that going through processes like this are marvelous opportunities for the world to see such a magnificent, er . . . vision of our national church leaders.
The Rt. Rev. Andrew Smith, Bishop of Connecticut, will serve as the presiding judge. Other judges are Bishops Bruce Caldwell of Wyoming, Gordon P. Scruton of Western Massachusetts, George Wayne Smith of Missouri and Catherine M. Waynick of Indianapolis; the Rev. Marjorie Menaul of Central Pennsylvania and the Rev. Karen Montagno of Massachusetts; Maria Campbell of Alabama, and Jane Freeman of Ohio.
Bishop MacBurney’s response must be filed with the court by mid April, according to Wicks Stephens, who is serving as Bishop MacBurney’s lawyer. Mr. Stephens, who also is chancellor of the Anglican Communion Network, added that a discovery process would follow with trial presently contemplated in the fall. The Episcopal Church is being represented by Larry White, a Philadelphia lawyer who holds the title Church Attorney.
“From the very inception of the investigation by the Church Attorney Bishop MacBurney has made clear that he did perform confirmations at Holy Trinity Church in June of last year,” Mr. Stephens said. “However those facts alone do not establish a violation of the constitution and canons. Bishop MacBurney intends to resist the charges.”