Saturday, January 5, 2019
A Working Covenant: Bishops’ Promise Proves Hollow
Last summer, the bishops of The Episcopal Church, having heard the #churchtoo testimony, entered into a covenant to work for justice and inclusion for all. A copy of the covenant follows.
So is this covenant consistent with my experience with the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia? Answer: It isn’t.
Engaging in retaliation for asking the diocese to mediate a dispute with clergy? One that involves workplace harassment? Clergy committing perjury in court? Illegally misusing funds? And telling me that the matter isn’t of “of weighty and material importance to the ministry of the church?” If that’s the case, what on earth qualifies? Rape, mayhem and murder?
Let me just say this: Thus far, The Episcopal Church has shown that it is utterly broken and hypocritical at every level. And that includes both Bishop Susan and Bishop Shannon. Their only interest to date has been in protecting the reputation of the church.
Here is the text of the covenant that Bishop Goff presumably voted to approve, emphases added:
A Working Covenant for the Practice of Equity and Justice for All in The Episcopal Church