Central Florida: Statement by Bishop Brewer and the Standing Committee

Posted by The_Elves

Received by email
It is both disheartening and baffling that a few days before the General Convention of The Episcopal Church, the Rt. Rev. Clayton Matthews acting in his capacity as Intake Officer, informed seven bishops of The Episcopal Church that a complaint has been filed against them regarding their endorsing a friend of the court brief in litigation involving The Texas Supreme Court, The Episcopal Church, and the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. At issue is not a matter of doctrine but a disputed matter of law on which people in The Episcopal Church clearly disagree. Why does signing such a brief warrant a complaint that Bishop Matthews takes seriously enough to send such a letter? Is this an attack against free speech? Are we not free to state our opinions in a court of law without retaliation by our church? Is this an intentional act of intimidation? Or given how close this is to General Convention, is this a diversionary tactic to throw the spotlight away from weightier matters facing our Convention? Until the content of the complaint comes to light we do not know. However, I want to assure these bishops of my prayers; and I join with the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Central Florida in offering our support, prayers, and friendship.

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Posted July 3, 2012 at 12:34 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. SC blu cat lady wrote:

Interesting that this email also has the “Episcopal Diocese of Texas” in it. It should be the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. 

I am very glad that Bishop Brewer is offering his support,prayers, and friendship to these bishops.

July 3, 2:26 pm | [comment link]
2. A Senior Priest wrote:

Reflecting on the way “religion” in America is lived out I find I have come to support the full subjection of religion to the guarantees given to Americans in the Constitution. If a church does not allow its membership to exercise their constitutional rights, that church must be required to do so by the civil courts.

July 3, 5:21 pm | [comment link]
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