Jerry Bowyer: A Sad Day for the Episcopal Church

Alliance Defending Freedom

The old saying that the Episcopal Church is “Catholicism without the Pope” might be obsolete. The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church has chosen to subvert the church at its core by penalizing the Bishop of Albany for refusing to allow same-sex marriages in his diocese.

Last year the Episcopal General Convention passed a resolution that allows congregations to have same-sex marriages despite the objections of their bishop. I attend and serve in the Episcopal Church myself—and this goes to the very heart of Episcopal government. This church is built around the authority of bishops in their diocese.  It’s in the name: Rule by the episkopos. Bishops are to rule in their diocese and not rule in other diocese. For the sake of theological progressivism, Bishop Curry and the church leadership have undermined both biblical orthodoxy and the defining feature of the church’s authority.

It’s a sad moment for the Church.