Bishop Duncan’s Attorney Protests Lack of Response from The Episcopal Church

Posted by Kendall Harmon

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Posted March 31, 2008 at 1:51 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Harry Edmon wrote:

From SFIF: there is an update to this story on the Pittsburgh web site:
that states:

Update: Bishop Robert Duncan, Bishop Henry Scriven and Melanie Contz began again receiving emails from the House of Bishops at approximately 1 pm on Monday, March 31.  Bishop Duncan’s March 14 response to the Presiding Bishop has also been added to the College for Bishops website.

March 31, 2:33 pm | [comment link]
2. Jeff Thimsen wrote:

Hello, is anyone out there?

March 31, 2:33 pm | [comment link]
3. mhmac13 wrote:

Hmm it appears that some one up at 815 finally read the lawyers letter.  A shot across the bow, perhaps?  this should be a most interesting one to watch!

March 31, 3:02 pm | [comment link]
4. TLDillon wrote:

They pulled a Canon Kearon faux pas! How rich!

March 31, 3:24 pm | [comment link]
5. Nikolaus wrote:

Took them off the HoB e-mail list?  Really?  How childish!!

March 31, 3:46 pm | [comment link]
6. D. C. Toedt wrote:

Link is busted.

March 31, 3:50 pm | [comment link]
7. Rick in Louisiana wrote: Lewis Letter.PDF

March 31, 4:03 pm | [comment link]
8. Phil wrote:

Look for a letter from David Beers hastily explaining 815 has had some completely unforeseen “technical glitches” on its “email system.”

March 31, 4:12 pm | [comment link]
9. Harry Edmon wrote:

The link in my comment also has been changed to the following:

March 31, 4:27 pm | [comment link]
10. St. Jimbob of the Apokalypse wrote:

It would be interesting if there ends up being a separate listserve for HOB that are hardcore supporters of 815’s current direction, and then the standard HOB listserve.  Better to compartmentalize certain discussions, so they don’t appear in conservative blogs.

March 31, 4:44 pm | [comment link]
11. Didymus wrote:

re: 11 “My favorite is how the lawyer tries to draw parallels to an e-mail distribution list to membership in the house of bishops, which of course are completely unrelated.”

In a lot of corporate offices suspension of entitled services, such as an e-mail list or parking spot, is a way of the management of letting you know “You’re gone, just as soon as we finish up all these formalities.  Spare us both the time, money, and effort; just resign.” 

But of course, this isn’t a corporate office, it’s a church.  I’m sure it was merely some clerical error…

March 31, 5:36 pm | [comment link]
12. libraryjim wrote:

But of course, this isn’t a corporate office, it’s a church.  I’m sure it was merely some clerical error…

Ouch! Groan! Double ouch! and LOL


Jim Elliott <><

March 31, 5:44 pm | [comment link]
13. Phil wrote:

#14 - Just working here from the strike suits aimed at volunteer vestry members in Virginia, the seeming Mafia-like pressure on that same diocese to mortgage its future to further 815’s own scorched-earth policy, the bald canonical abuses in Quorumgate and the penchant for targeting elderly, retired bishops with very sick close relatives, we may be past the “assumption” stage on the evil minion thing.

March 31, 6:03 pm | [comment link]
14. willr wrote:

When this is coupled with the outrage in San Joaquin and its web-site, there is no possibility that there was an accident or clerical error.  Not only do they misrepresent the canons, but they also seem to be employing hackers to do dirty work.

March 31, 6:10 pm | [comment link]
15. Cennydd wrote:

I don’t think it was an accident or clerical error.  On the contrary, I think it was deliberate…...not necessarily with malicious intent…...but deliberate nevertheless.

March 31, 6:55 pm | [comment link]
16. Dan Crawford wrote:

Actually, all of this happened because the Moon was in the Seventh House and Jupiter aligned with Mars - as good an excuse as any put forth by the apologists for the institution formerly known as ECUSA.

March 31, 7:53 pm | [comment link]
17. DavidH wrote:

Phil, 16, if Virginia involved “strike suits” against volunteer vestry members, why is it that all of the individuals were dismissed by agreement of all parties?

March 31, 10:36 pm | [comment link]
18. seminarian wrote:


Not all of the individuals were dismissed and the only reason there was an agreement between the parties is that the judge was going to rule that the individuals were not allowed to be in the law suit.  There are individuals who still remain as party to these suits filed by TEC/DioVA.  The trustes of the property are still listed as being sued.  Also the vestry members and clergy who were dismessed were dismessed “without prejudice” which means that down the road, if TEC/DioVA feel it is necessary they can pull the individuals back in and sue them.

March 31, 11:25 pm | [comment link]
19. seminarian wrote:


Let me clarify the first sentence, it appeared to the parties that the judge was going to rule to dismiss all parties, because it was an agreement he did not need to rule.  We don’t know what his ruling would have been, but from the tone of the court room at the hearing it appeared he was going to dismiss everyone.  The parties made an agreement and the judge accepted the agreement.

March 31, 11:27 pm | [comment link]
20. Phil wrote:

DavidH, what seminarian said, plus two words: public relations.

March 31, 11:36 pm | [comment link]
21. Tired of Hypocrisy wrote:

If church leaders are willing to do these things knowing that they are likely to be found out and reported on the ‘net, imagine what they would be doing (and have done in the past) before this stuff got exposed to the light of day. Let’s not forget that if it weren’t for this and other blogs, this stuff would be going on under cover. There would be very little recourse for those who are victims of canonical abuses. Perhaps there’s still very little recourse, but at least this stuff is making it out into the light of day, and for that I’m thankful, and hopeful that a spiritual as well as ecclesiastical cleansing may take place.

March 31, 11:49 pm | [comment link]
22. Now Orthodox wrote:

When you dance with the Devil, he is the one who calls the tune.  I’m so sorry for those of you who remain in TEC.  I presume that your parishes are still following the “faith as handed down by the Apsotles”.  My was not and is not.  Hence the move to OCA.
Peace be with you!

April 1, 10:09 am | [comment link]
23. libraryjim wrote:

I know the Elves don’t like one-liners, but:


Jim Elliott <><

April 1, 12:17 pm | [comment link]
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