Friday, May 1, 2015

Big News Day for The Episcopal Church

There were two big news items about The Episcopal Church today.

As was scheduled, candidates for Presiding Bishop were announced. (A new Presiding Bishop will be elect at the General Convention in Salt Lake City this summer.) Details can be found here.

Also, Bishop Heather Cook, who killed a bicyclist with her car in December has resigned and been deposed. She is no longer a priest. Details are here.

1 comment:

Jamie said...

Your statement about her no longer being a priest is not entirely accurate. The sacramental grace conferred at ordination never goes away. However, by being deposed, as the Presiding Bishop's statement notes, Cook has been "deprived of the right to exercise the gifts and spiritual authority of God's word and sacraments conferred at ordination" and therefore "will no longer function as an ordained person in The Episcopal Church." She is still a priest (and a bishop) in an ontological sense but no longer has the ability or right to function in any way that is different from a lay person in The Episcopal Church.