With apologies to Queen…
I was invited to be interviewed at this parish and was offered a position, which I declined, many moons ago.
The largest parish of the Diocese of Western New York has quit the Episcopal Church for the Province of the Southern Cone.
Meeting at the diocesan offices in Buffalo on Oct 7, the Rev Arthur W Ward, Jr, rector of the 1,100-member St Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Tonawanda, informed the Rt Rev Michael Garrison that the parish clergy and congregation would vacate the parish properties by early December and form a new congregation affiliated with an overseas province of the Anglican Communion. The defection of St Bartholomew’s represents a significant loss, as it provides approximately ten per cent of the diocese’s communicants and was asked to provide eight per cent of its income.
“People may come and go, but St Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Tonawanda will continue,” Bishop Garrison said after the meeting.
Read it all in The Church of England Newspaper.
from George Conger’s site.
The article concludes with what I gather to be some form of “godly admonition” to Fr. Ward from Bp Garrison. “The bishop asked… Mr (sic) Ward to prepare three sermons to be preached to the parish on the Heresy of Donatism and its application in the current crises with reference to Article XXVI of the Articles of Religion.” I am thinking that this is indicative of the problem. The only way Donatism and Article 26 apply is to assert that TEC is The Church and there is no other. This would contradict the Bp’s own position regarding being able to write letters dimissory for the priests to join another branch of Anglicanism.