Letter from the Bishop of Quincy

The following is a letter written by the Bishop of Quincy to his clergy:

Beloved Fathers and Deacons,

Indeed, this has been a very difficult week for the Anglican Communion. The alleged marriage of a homosexual couple in New Westminster by a woman priest with the consent of the Bishop sent shockwaves throughout the Anglican Communion.  Not only was this action contrary to Resolutions passed at Lambeth Conference, but was in direct contradiction to the actions taken by the Primates of the Anglican Communion at their recent meeting in Brazil. Quite obviously this is also contrary to Holy Scripture and the Ecumenical Councils of the Church. Even if the Anglican Church in Canada  were to approve such “marriages” it would do so without the authority of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church of which the Anglican Communion is but one small part.  In fact unilateral actions of this type only serve to reinforce a denominational style that has rapidly overtaken provinces of the Communion.

Just days later we received word that the Rev. Canon Gene Robinson was elected Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of New Hampshire.  Canon Robinson who divorced his wife and is living in a homosexual relationship is the first person in such circumstances to be elected Bishop.  I know Canon Robinson to be a talented, winsome, and energetic priest.  These wonderful attributes, however, are not qualifications alone for inclusion as a Successor to the Apostles. The qualifications for Bishop are well stated in I Timothy and Titus. Moreover moral behavior for all Christians is well articulated by the Patron of our Diocese. Even an approval by General Convention cannot legitimize the circumstances related to this election, nor alter the divinely inspired Word of God.

What is evolving is an even more significant threat to the unity of Anglicanism, let alone unity with other branches of the Catholic Church. As I consult with brother bishops both in the United States and abroad, I ask your prayers as I seek to speak with clarity, truth, and love.  You have seen and will see a number of statements regarding the above two events.  I remind you that Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, and He has called us to be faithful.  He has also told us to keep all that He has commanded us.  You and I must model the Faith entrusted to us. Our actions and reactions must begin and end in prayer.

 As a spiritual exercise during this most difficult time in Anglican Church history, I ask you to recite daily the hymn, “The Church’s One Foundation.”