St Mary of the Angels (TAC) Mass Excommunications
December 8, 2012 72 Comments
Mr John Bruce reports:
I am advised that Bishop Stephen D. Strawn, Episcopal Visitor to the Diocese of the West (“DOW”) in the Anglican Church in America (“ACA”), has determined and informed you that as and from June 17, 2012, you ceased to be and are no longer a communicant in good standing in the Church, but have as of that date been removed as a communicant within the ACA, the DOW and all of its constituent parishes, specifically including St. Mary of the Angels Anglican Church (“St. Mary’s”), by virtue and as a result of your having abandoned comunion, from and including the aforesaid June 17, 2012 date, as stated and set forth in Bishop Strawn’s letter to you.
This letter is to inform you that consistent with your abandonment of communion and the determination thereof by Bishop Strawn in accord with the Rubrics of the Book of Common Prayer, the Constitution and Canons of the ACA and the DOW, and the Bylaws of St. Mary’s, effective as and from June 17, 2012 you have ceased to be a Comunicant of the Parish of St. Mary’s, a communicant in good standing or a member thereof, and your name has been removed and stricken from its Parish Register.
The Very Rev. Canon Anthony J. Morello, Ph.D. Rector and Priest in Charge St. Mary of the Angels Anglican
Mr Bruce goes on to deal with various canonical questions regarding the above letter.
I would just venture to add (mindful that I’m far removed from the situation on the ground) that the letter, in and of self, seems, at face value, to be rather uncharitable and pastorally thoughtless. Further there is not even a glimmer or hope of reconciliation offered. Simply throwing your interpretation of the rules and regulations at another is seldom helpful.
Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
- Eph 4:29