The Anglican/Episcopal blogosphere received a jolt when TEC highest levels decided that the Diocese of South Carolina, and especially its bishop, had “abandoned” its own church. Here are some of my thoughts on the subject:
- The only thing really “shocking” about this was the complete lack of Episcopal decorum that the Presiding Bishop and her minions have exercised in taking this action. Episcopal decorum, however, is another one of those things that has gone out the window in the transformation of the Episcopal Church from what it was to what it is.
- DioSC’s final disposition will be the last act in the drama of TEC’s division of its orthodox minority from its revisionist majority. The rest of the dioceses are either in litigation over their secession, agree with the Presiding Bishop’s course, or just too apathetic/ignorant over the real course of the church to be a threat to anyone but themselves.
- The major difference between this situation and that of the other seceding dioceses is that TEC’s central administration took the first move and not waiting for SC to secede such as, Ft. Worth or San Joaquin have done. Jefferts-Schori has decided evidently that it’s time to carry out revisionist hegemony. That decision has been buttressed by their successes in retaining the property, although those victories have been, financially at least, Pyrrhic.
- This result is the inevitable result of the takeover of TEC by revisionists that has been ongoing for half a century. Where we are at now would have happened a long time ago if the orthodox had recognised how far “behind the eight ball” they have been from the beginning in TEC’s internal situation.
- TEC’s current leadership does not have a practical game plan to reverse the decline of the denomination, as is the case across the Main Line. Their idea is that, by eliminating internal competition such as DioSC offered to their vision of success, they can move forward. But ultimately they have no forward to move, because what they have to offer can come from secular organisations/movements with much less “baggage”, something that is more obvious to younger people than to the Boomer leadership.
My prayers are with the Diocese and its leadership; they’re going to need all the help they can get. They have put together as strong of an exit strategy as could be done; whether it will survive our legal system will be the final question.