Posted with - ahem - permission from Bishop Howe, his response on the HoB/D last night to Ann Fontaine’s characterization of the ACI/CP statement story as “tawdry”:
How is this a tawdry story? The Presiding Bishop has been promoting a version of the structure of The Episcopal Church which simply cannot be supported either constitutionally or historically. The Bishops who have signed today’s Statement to the contrary are not willing to have the structure of our church subverted either by fiat or by court action.
We have not one iota of desire to promote schism. Our desire is to protect our constituent membership in the Anglican Communion. The Executive Council has said that the only body that can act upon the Anglican Covenant is the General Convention. We do not believe that is accurate. We believe that dioceses and even parishes could decide to “opt into” it.
Please explain to all of us how the desire of an Anglican diocese to remain Anglican is a “tawdry story.”
The private emails that Mark Harris has posted do not reveal any attempt or desire to subvert the authority of the Bishop of Colorado. They envision a possible visitation that would take place only with his explicit permission and agreement.
I am saddened that a member of the Executive Council would publish emails that were not addressed to him, without even discussing them with the principals involved.
It is interesting to be called a “Cretin” by Susan Russell. To my knowledge none of us have ever used any such epithets against those with whom we disagree. (It is good to be in such an “inclusive” church!)
Warmest regards in our Lord,
The Right Rev. John W. Howe
Episcopal Bishop of Central Florida