Rev. William J. Cox served as ordaining bishop and celebrant for the Eucharist that followed the ordination.
Three ministerial candidates were ordained to the diaconate.
...Rev. William J. Cox
...Rev. William J. Cox
, 86, is a casualty of the growing rift in the Episcopal Church
over biblical authority and the ordination of gay clergy. Cox, who lives in Tulsa, was facing an Episcopal church trial on charges that he violated church law by ordaining two Anglican priests and a deacon in Kansas without the permission of the bishop of the Diocese of Kansas, among other charges. His
resignation leaves the status of the trial in question. Cox
said if the trial is held, he
will not participate.
The Rev. Jan Nunley of the Episcopal News Service said the policy of the national church is not to comment on ecclesiastical trials.
Last week, Cox
was accepted as a retired assistant bishop in the Anglican Diocese of Argentina, Province of the Southern Cone.
That diocese, and some in Africa, have been accepting ecclesiastical authority over American churches and
...Cox, who served as assistant bishop of Oklahoma from 1980 until his retirement in 1988, is well-known in the area as a speaker and leader of healing seminars held in a variety of denominations. He fell out of favor with the Episcopal leadership in Oklahoma in recent years by aligning himself with conservative Episcopalians who are leaving the church in the wake of the Robinson consecration.
"The church today is not the church I was ordained in 50 years ago, because of its revisionism and its lack of orthodox theology," Cox
said."It has abandoned biblical faith and practice." Cox
did not resign solely because of the pending trial, but that the trial was "the straw that broke the camel's back."
Cox's current trouble with the church began about two years ago when he
was contacted by Anglican Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi, primate of the Province of the Church of Uganda
Orombi had assumed authority over the former Christ Church Episcopal in Overland Park, Kan., when it left the Episcopal Church
to ordain two priests and a deacon there, so Orombi would not have to make the trip from Africa. Cox
agreed to do the ordinations.
The bishop of the Diocese of Kansas
, the Rt.
performed the ordinations in June 2005.
"If I had it to do over again, I would do the same thing," he
has ministered all over the world, in numerous denominations, and it has never before been a problem. Attorney Wicks Stephens represents Cox and also serves as house attorney for the Anglican Communion Network, a group of churches and individuals who are leaving the Episcopal Church and aligning themselves with Anglicans worldwide. Stephens said complaints were brought against Cox by the bishops of Oklahoma and Kansas.
...In the DIOCESE OF OKLAHOMA, Bishop William Cox, 86, a retired Oklahoma bishop who was charged with violating church law by ordaining two Anglican priests, resigned from the Episcopal House of Bishops and was accepted into the Anglican Diocese of Argentina.He
may now avoid a canonical trial because he
has left the TEC.