Friday, November 16, 2007

Bp. Schofield of San Joaquin Headed for the Southern Cone

From the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin's website:

The Diocese of San Joaquin today announced that the Anglican Church of the Southern Cone of South America has extended an invitation to offer the Diocese membership on an emergency and pastoral basis.

The announcement comes three weeks before the Diocese is scheduled hear the second and final reading of Constitutional changes first adopted on December 2, 2006. Should the second reading of the Constitutional changes be approved at the Diocesan Convention on December 8, 2007, the Diocese is free to accept the invitation to align with the Province of the Southern Cone and remain a diocese with full membership within the Anglican Communion.

According to the Rt. Rev. John-David M. Schofield, Bishop of the Diocese of San Joaquin, “We welcome the invitation extended by the Anglican Church of the Southern Cone. The invitation assures the Diocese’s place in the Anglican Communion and full communion with the See of Canterbury”...
We previously discussed this uninvited intervention by Gregory Venables, Presiding Bishop of the Southern Cone, here.

A discussion of the changes to San Joaquin's Constitution and Canons from a year ago, and an announcement at that time of their intention to "realign" with "an Anglican diocese from Argentina" can be found here.

If you are unfamiliar with "the Southern Cone," the best description I have found is offered by Dave Walker here.


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