Bishop Ackerman On A Roll

From David Virtue:

CANTERBURY-A leading orthodox bishop of The Episcopal Church has proposed canceling the 2009 Episcopal Church General Convention in order to fund the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Following the Thursday march on London by over 600 Anglican bishops and their spouses in support of the MDGs, the Rt. Rev. Keith Ackerman, Bishop of Quincy, said that “there should be no General Convention this year, and all the money for the convention should be sent to fund the goals.”

Ackerman furthermore called for The Episcopal Church to “cancel all meetings that require face to face and conduct nothing but video conferencing.” He said that the American wing of the Anglican Communion should “donate its money to churches that would be positively affected.”

Though leaders of The Episcopal Church have stated their commitment to the MDGs and made their biggest stand yet in London on Thursday, Ackerman has doubts that The Episcopal Church has yet made a true commitment.

“If the church is absolutely, totally committed to these goals, there are three things it needs to do,” Ackerman said.

“First, place the goals in the context of the Gospel itself.

“Second, leaders must make the necessary changes in their own personal lifestyle so that they can make their own commitment to model what God wants done.

“Third, the church must corporately find a way to fund this.”

In response to Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori’s invitation to African bishops to join her for drinks at a Canterbury reception (despite the Sudanese bishops’ abstinence from alcohol), Ackerman offered a specific MDG funding proposal. “Do not invite the Sudanese to a reception. Cancel the reception and give the money to the Sudanese church.”

This dude, who I have met personally, has got to stop making sense before it gets him in real trouble with 815.

7 Responses to “Bishop Ackerman On A Roll”

  1. 1 Alice C. Linsley July 25, 2008 at 2:06 am

    I love the way that Bishops Deng Bul, Ackerman, Iker and Duncan are calling the nominal Christians on their hypocrisy.

  2. 2 Rick Arllen July 25, 2008 at 2:29 am

    As much as 815 LOVES to embrace the MDGs as a concept, the 815 hierarchy will not tolerated scrubbing the GC to advance them. 815 needs the 2009 GC to dot the i’s and cross the t’s to assure the property grab is laced up tight and to further advance the affirmation of homosexuality and same sex ‘marriage.’ On these two points lay all that encompasses the faith and theology of TEC.

  3. 3 tjmcmahon July 25, 2008 at 3:15 am

    Not to worry Brad, we have it on good authority (DBB and all of the usual suspects on the HOBDlistserve) that +Keith was already in trouble with 815. He is considered to be Catholic, upholds the Creeds, actually believes in Christ and has committed various and sundry canonical misdemeanors such as not radically changing his entire belief system to agree with that of the PB.

    Honestly, I don’t know whether this story was spawned by his sense of humor or yours, but there are certainly no small number of 815 sycophants who bought it hook, line and sinker. They have run out to restock their wine cellars in case the sherry budget is redirected to the MDGs.

  4. 4 Henry July 25, 2008 at 3:23 am

    +Ackerman is awesome! I love the way he puts the leadership of TEC on the hotseat and makes them squirm!

  5. 5 Michael July 25, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    Bishop Ackerman is one of those rare individuals who actually live every day according to his beliefs. He is a workhorse who continually sacrifices himself for his sheep. I have never seen him when he didn’t have a smile on his face and a bounce in his step. He is absolutely a man of God.

  6. 6 bromartin-tellthetruth July 27, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    Bishop Ackerman has wit, charm, and intelligence. In spite of the fact that the Diocese of Quincy is small in numbers(perhaps three to four thousand people), he serves as an indefatigable soldier for the Catholic faith in the Anglican tradition.

  7. 7 Hopper August 2, 2008 at 1:45 am

    He may well be awesome to some … but this has me convinced that Ackerman is a complete hack.

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