Rumors Abound: Bishop Iker inhbited? Turn, turn, turn …

Episcopal Schism Widens.

The House of Bishops/House of Deputies listserve is a-swirl that the Rt. Rev’d Jack Iker, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Ft. Worth, has been inhibited by Katharine Jefferts Schori. No announcement has yet come from The Penthouse (which apparently had to ring up the Usual Suspects first) nor has The Subject been informed either. Hate it when that happens. Of course, it could all be rumor and innuendo – but then beach-front property in Reno might be this year’s safe bet, too.

UPDATE: Don’t buy the beach house yet. See update below.

For some reason, upon hearing the news, the song below popped up on the memory playlist. We like the groovy arrangement. And the mod-hair – and Roger McGuinns’ cool-bean shades. Bono was like, five years old when this thing went down. It’s all, like, well, totally wow.

Nothing like listening to the Byrds while waiting for the PB’s latest form letter. Wonder if she’s gotten the autopen yet?

SATURDAY AM UPDATE: Well, here we are, the latest form letter from The Penthouse. Click here to open the letter to read.

The Byrds are back and spinning the tunes. Click play and then click here to open the letter.

Then take me disappearin’ through the smoke rings of my mind,
Down the foggy ruins of time, far past the frozen leaves,
The haunted, frightened trees, out to the windy beach,
Far from the twisted reach of crazy sorrow.
Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free,
Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands,
With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves,
Let me forget about today until tomorrow.

-B. Dylan

LATER: Read the excellent post at Anglican Curmudgeon on why this political action of inhibiting and deposing opponents is spacey and pointless. No one has abandoned the communion, according to the canons.

In fact, the way Schori and her handlers are using the canons is the same way Schori’s lawyers attempted to manipulate the Virginia 57-9 Statute. When they were before Judge Randy Bellows in court, they actually divided the statute into either two parts on one poster board or two poster boards. Then they may have put a sheet over one section of the statute or took one section out of view of the judge (I can’t remember the mechanics exactly, except that only one section of the statute was in view) and then spent their time arguing their case with only a section of the statute showing, not the whole thing.

(NOTE: I’ve got some anons upset (and we love our anons here at the cafe) and I am trying hard to remember after six months the actual mechanics of how TEC separated the statute into two parts – it may have been one poster board with a part covered or two completely separate poster boards, I’ll ask the lawyers and let you know – but it was clear that to make their argument they artificially separated the statute into two parts and then took one part out of central view of the judge – which of course, is the point).

After this went on for quite a while (and I was ready to jump out of my seat), the judge calmly and perhaps rather wryly told them that what they were saying was conflicting with the other part of the statute. When the TEC lawyers looked at him blankly, he told them to show the rest of the statute. He wanted them to read the statute in context.

Anglican Curmudgeon wants us to read the word “communion” in context – something Schori and her handlers do not want the laity – and the purse of the church – to know.

MAKE A NOTE: The three senior bishops remain Wimberly,, Lee, and Frade. Bishop Wimberly’s coadjutor was consecrated today. Bishop Lee, who all ready has a coadjutor – may announce his retirement as soon as the next Diocesan Council in Jan-Feb (unless he wants to hold on through his announced appeal in the Virginia litigation). Bishop Frade seems intact for now. Waiting in the wings, Orris Walker has now called for a coadjutor and that process is underway. So, who’s next on the list to rise as a Senior Bishop of The Episcopal Church?

None other than John W. Howe, former rector of Truro. We are sure that the folks at 815 are making nice with him, lest he upset their apple cart. But John Howe, like John McCain, is a maverick. Let’s watch that space.