Wednesday, April 30, 2008

+Iker to Schori

Once again, I am glad to say that Bishop Iker is my bishop.

Dear Katharine,

I am shocked and saddened by the rude letter you released yesterday to Archbishop Greg Venables, concerning his visit this weekend to the Diocese of Fort Worth. Far from being "an unwarranted interference," he is coming at my request as an honored visitor and guest speaker.

You should know that under the canons this does not require either your approval or your support. You have no say in this matter. A diocesan bishop is free to invite other bishops to visit and speak in his diocese.

There are no efforts at reconciliation proceeding within this Province, which is one reason why faithful people continue to leave TEC in droves. Your attitude and actions simply reinforce alienation and bring further discord.

Once again, you are the one meddling in the internal affairs of this diocese, and I ask you to stop your unwelcome intrusions.

Faithfully in Christ,

The Rt. Rev. Jack Leo Iker
Bishop of Fort Worth

cc: The Archbishop of Canterbury

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Which is response to this letter.
Dear Gregory,

I write to urge you not to bring further discord into The Episcopal Church. Visiting a special convocation of the Diocese of Fort Worth with the expressed purpose of describing removal to the Province of the Southern Cone is an unprecedented and unwarranted invasion of, and meddling in, the internal affairs of this Province. I ask you to consider how you might receive such a visit to your own Province from a fellow primate. The actions contemplated by some leaders in Fort Worth are profoundly uncanonical. They also prevent needed reconciliation from proceeding within this Province.

I urge you to focus your pastoral ministry within your own Province. May your ministry there be fruitful. I remain

Your servant in Christ,
Katharine Jefferts Schori

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He is certainly more patient than I am. I would take a cue from my son, George, and I would blow a raspberry at her.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

George's Fascination with his Crucifix

George seems quite fond of his crucifix. When we set him down to be changed, he will smile up at it and talk to it. Sometimes, he will even laugh. He normally only smiles when he is looking at someone who is smiling at him. We placed the crucifix over his changing table, because there was no place where he would be able to see it from his crib. My wife and I gave it to him for his baptism, and it was blessed after the service by his godfather Father Matkin. Unfortunately, you really can't see him smiling in the picture. He has a number of different expressions, but they are difficult to capture. His expression usually changes before I can grab the camera.