Executive Council warns Dioceses

Steve Waring, in the Living Church, reports on another of the resolutions adopted by Executive Council in their meeting yesterday:

“…council approved a resolution declaring ‘null and void’ attempts by a number of dioceses to revise their constitution to qualify their accession to the Constitution and Canons of the General Convention.

‘Any amendment to a diocesan constitution that purports in any way to limit or lessen an unqualified accession to the constitution of The Episcopal Church is null and void, and be it further resolved that the amendments passed to the constitutions of the dioceses of Pittsburgh, Fort Worth, Quincy and San Joaquin, which purport to limit or lessen the unqualified accession to the constitution of The Episcopal Church are accordingly null and void and the constitutions of those dioceses shall be as they were as if such amendments had not been passed,’ council stated in Resolution NAC-023.

After the resolution was approved, the Rt. Rev. Stacy Sauls, Bishop of Lexington, said Episcopalians had all agreed to live by certain principles and rules and that council believed it would be ‘helpful to have an authoritative statement [on the matter] with respect to any litigation that might occur in the future.’”

Read the rest here.

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