At least five dioceses of The Episcopal Church (TEC) have now taken strong exception to the methods used by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori to secure the depositions earlier this year of two conservative prelates, Bishop John-David Schofield of San Joaquin and retired Bishop William J. Cox.
earlier aligned with the same province.
The Western Louisiana letter stated that TEC's
constitution and canons
"cannot provide the basis for our common life when they are ignored for expediency's sake.
The "uncanonical actions taken in the matter of the depositions of Bishops Cox and Schofield erode confidence in the church and its canonical processes and delegitimize subsequent actions taken by the Presiding Bishop and others in attempting to reorganize the Diocese of San Joaquin."
A licensed attorney who chairs the national church's "Task Force on Property Disputes," Sauls claimed that Schori's actions against Schofield and Cox
were "procedurally appropriate.
The document, prepared by an attorney on behalf of a group of bishops and other church leaders, says that the Presiding Bishop's actions, both against Bishops Schofield and Cox and against Bishop Duncan, demonstrate a "willful violation of the canons, and intention to repeat the violations, and a pattern of concealment and lack of candor."