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Bishop Lawrence Responds

Bishop Lawrence Responds

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September28,2011TheReverendCanonDr.GregoryStraubSecretaryofExecutiveCouncilTheEpiscopalChurchCenter8152
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AvenueNewYork,NY10017-4503DearCanonStraub:OnAugust26,acopyofyourlettertoMelindaLuckawaspostedtothisDiocese.IthadbeensenttoMelindaLuckanearlytwoandone-halfmonthsearlier,onJune16,2011.YourletterreferencedameetingheldbyaCommitteeoftheExecutiveCouncilonJune16.
In
yourletter,youstatethatthisCommitteebelievedthata2007ResolutionansweredMs.Lucka'sletterofMay25,2011(whichwasnotenclosed)withouttheneedtohavetheissuereconsideredbytheExecutiveCounciLYourletterandthe2007Resolutionareattached.ThisresolutionaddressedactionsoftheDiocesesofPittsburgh,Ft.Worth,QuincyandSanJoaquin.
It
stated,ineffect,thatArticleVoftheEpiscopalChurch'sConstitutionrequiresthateachDioceseoftheEpiscopalChurchmustinitsConstitution,include"anunqualifiedaccessiontotheConstitutionandCanonsofthisChurch."TheresolutionconcludedthatamendmentstothoseDioceses'Constitutions,whichrepealedorlimitedsuchaccession,were"nullandvoid."Inresponsetothesematters,weofferthefollowing.First,wereceivedMs.Lucka'sletteronlyafterrequestingacopywhenwereceivedyourAugust26post.SinceMs.Lucka'sletterleveledchargesatthisDioceseof"disloyaltytoanddisassociationwiththeEpiscopalChurch"andassertedthatactionsofthisDiocesewereinviolationoftheConstitutionoftheEpiscopalChurch,weareatalosstounderstandwhytheDioceseofSouthCarolinawasnotsentacopyofMs.Lucka'sletterandyourresponsetoheruntiltwoandone-halfmonthsafteritwaswritten.Couldyoutelluswhythatwasthecase?Second,thoughtfulconsiderationofthisissueasitrelatestothisDiocesewouldhavebroughttolightthehistoricalfactsbehindthecurrentArticleV,whichlimittheaccessionrequirementto"newdioceses."ItdoesnotapplytothisDioceseortotheotherfoundingDioceses.ThisfactwouldnothavebeenanissuewithrespecttotheDiocesesofPittsburgh,Ft.Worth,QuincyorSanJoaquin.Third,thisCommitteeandtheExecutiveCouncillacktheauthoritytointerpretortochangetheConstitutionorCanonsofTheEpiscopalChurch.("OnlyGeneralConventionscanpassresolutionsthatbindtheChurch.NootherbodyorofficeholderintheChurchcanmakeabindinginterpretationoftheConstitution,Canons,BookofCommonPrayerorGeneral
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SallyJohnson,Esq.,ChancellortothePresidentfortheExecutiveCouncilTaskGroup.AndGeneralConventionactionsarelimitedby"theConstitution,CanonsandBookofCommonPrayeranditcannotactcontrarytothem."
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SallyJohnson,Esq,ChancellortothePresidentoftheHouseofDeputies).Fourth,theactionstakenbytheDioceseofSouthCarolinaatitsconvention(towhichMs.LuckarefersinherMay25
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letter)were,andare,consistentwiththestatutoryandnon-statutorylawofthestateofSouthCarolina.Therefore,theDioceseofSouthCarolinadoesnotagreewith,nordoesitrecognize,thisresolutionanditsattemptedapplicationtotheDioceseofSouthCarolina.ItisreceivedasinformationofeitheranunintendedmisapplicationoftheConstitutionofTheEpiscopalChurchoraninterpretationofthatConstitutionlackingauthority.Sincerely,
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AdministrationofCouncil,whichconsidereditatitsmeetingonThursday,16June.Thecommitteespentconsiderabletimetakinguptheconcernsraisedinyourletterandreviewed2007ResolutionNAC023towhichyourefer.(Iattachacopyofthatresolution.)TheJointStandingCommitteeagreedthat,whiletheDioceseofSouthCarolinaisnotnamedtherein,theresolutioncoversthesituationtherewithoutitsbeingreconsideredbyCouncil.TheJointStandingCommitteeandExecutiveCouncilwillcontinuetomonitoractionsoftheAnnualConventionoftheDioceseofSouthCarolina.BeassuredofExecutiveCouncil'scareandregardforallthemembersofthediocese.
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