The Traditional Anglican Communion Bishop David Moyer, who refused to step down as Rector (Priest), and that after having been deposed by the Episcopal Church, has now finally now been ordered by a civil court of law to leave and vacate the Episcopal premises:
A defrocked Episcopal priest must step down as rector of his Rosemont parish and vacate the premises after 21 years there, a Montgomery County Court judge has ruled.
The Rev. David Moyer, 60, said Wednesday that he was saddened by Judge Stanley Ott’s decision but would abide by his order to leave the Church of the Good Shepherd. He said he hopes to become a Roman Catholic priest.
An outspoken critic of liberal trends in the Episcopal Church, Moyer was defrocked in 2002 by the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania after he agreed to become a bishop in a small, conservative Anglican denomination.
Bishop Charles E. Bennison, head of the 55,000-member local diocese, ruled that Moyer had “broken communion” with the diocese and the Episcopal Church by that decision.
Moyer had for years denounced Bennison’s acceptance of same-sex marriage and gay clergy, and barred the bishop from preaching or conducting confirmations at his parish. Moyer also rejects the ordination of women.
With the support of his vestry, or church board, Moyer refused to step down as rector after his deposition and continued to preach, say Mass, administer the affairs of the parish, and reside in its rectory with his wife, Rita.
In 2008, he unsuccessfully sued Bennison in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court over firing him under what he alleged were false pretenses.
In February 2009, the diocese filed a motion in Montgomery County Court asking it to remove Moyer and the members of the vestry who refused to recognize the authority of the Episcopal Church as rightful owner of the property.
Ott, a judge of Orphans’ Court, ruled Aug. 25 that under the laws of the church, parishes are the property of their dioceses and the national church.
Moyer said Wednesday that he was relieved to have the matter ended, but would ask the diocese to allow him and his wife to reside in the rectory until they can find a new home. The diocese did not respond to requests for comment.
Moyer said he hoped to remain in the Philadelphia area should he become a Catholic priest.
He is seeking to become part of a new, semiautonomous structure within the Catholic Church that permits disaffected Anglicans to become Catholics while retaining some of their Anglican prayers and liturgies.
Anglican clergy, including married priests, must petition Rome if they wish to serve as Catholic clergy.
I have no idea how a man can (could) function as a Priest in one Church and yet be a Bishop in another! It is lunacy. Total lunacy. But if anything, it really shows split-minded Churchmanship, devoid of any proper ecclesiological or clear doctrinal thinking, and one can but only end up questioning the real motives (or his own individual thinking) behind the acceptance of a Call to the Episcopal Office (as well as, if I my add, that of those who saw it fit to ‘Consecrate’ him in the first place). If he were a Priest in both, it might (maybe) be more palatable (or imaginable), but a Priest in one and a Bishop in another?
It is exactly this sort of thing that helps me to see the shallowness of the Traditional Anglican Communion, and understand why the Roman Catholic Church would be (is) so hesitant in dealing with us. Now we all know of the apostacy and heresy that exists within the Episcopalian Church (and the Anglican Church greater). That should be reason enough for any God-fearing person to flee to the hills! Very recently here is South Africa, some Orthodox Church actually pronounced an anathema upon the Anglican Church of Southern Africa because ‘the Church allows gay pastors and grants a blessing to two homosexuals and two lesbians living in a perverse same-sex union’:
The Anglican Church of Southern Africa has thus rejected God’s laws and the authority of God the Creator and Supreme Lawgiver. It no longer calls evil evil, a sin a sin, an abomination an abomination. It exchanged the truth for a lie and turned the Church of God into an assembly of Satan (Rev 2:9).
The apostatical Anglican Church of Southern Africa has ceased to be a blessing for the nation and brings down a curse and self-destruction upon it as well as upon all Africa…
Such things have long plagued her sister Church in America. Those who cannot take these things should submit to a Church where the Truth is taught and proclaimed. You cannot be part of both. You have to be either one or the other.
And so it is, now, that the Rev (or the Rt Rev (?)) David Moyer seeks to become a Catholic Priest. Without wanting to sound cynical, I’m convinced that a lot of discernment will have to go into that wish – not only from the Catholic Church, but from him himself. And for goodness sake, let him start off (if accepted to Holy Orders) as a Deacon! His days of being a Priest in one Church and subsequently being Consecrated as a Bishop in another are over for good!
Mercifully the Archdiocese of Philadelphia gets one of the best Catholic Bishops around in the form of Archbishop Charles Chaput this week coming… And he will know exactly what to do.