Diocese of Western Louisiana Resolutions for the 29th Convention

Resolution from St. Michael & All Angels vestry:

Whereas The Episcopal Church continues to deepen divisions in Anglican Communion by the taking of unilateral action heedles of the exhortations of The Archbishop of Canterbury or the other instruments of Communion;

Be it resolved that the Diocese of Western Louisiana fully agrees with the Statement of the Primates’ Council of GAFCON on the alleged disposition of the Bishop of Pittsburgh last month by the House of Bishops:

“It is now impossible to believe that the exhortations of the Lambeth Conference and the Windsor Consultation Group will be heeded…We remain convinced that the faithful Anglicans of North America need to have their own Province recognized by the Communion as a whole.”

Resolution from St. Mark’s Cathedral and Other Delegates:

WHEREAS The Diocesan Convention of 2006 passed a resolution that the Diocese of Western Louisiana become a Windsor Compliant diocese, and

WHEREAS the Bishop of the Diocese remains an active supporter of the principles outlined in the Windsor Report of 2004 and of the work of the Windsor Continuation Group as presented to and accepted by the Lambeth Conference of 2008, and

WHEREAS the adoption of an Anglican covenant represents the next step in the Windsor Process and the Diocese of Western Louisiana supports as part of a covenant an opportunity for individual Windsor compliant diocese to seek recognition as Covenant partners,

BE IT RESOLVED that the Diocese of Western Louisiana, meeting in convention this 11th day of October, 2008, fully reaffirms its commitment to the Windsor principles, included in principle, the adoption of an Anglican Covenant, in order to preserve and ensure our relationship wihin the Anglican Communion and with the historic See of Canterbury.

2nd resolution from St. Mark’s Cathedral and other delegates:

Whereas I’ll add later:

BE IT RESOLVED that the Diocese of Western Louisiana, meeting in convention this 11th day of October, 2008, affirms its full support for the Communion Partners initiative as outlined above.

Rev. Paul D. Martin, St. Paul’s, Shreveport:

Whereas both the Standing Committee and Diocesan Council of The Diocese of Western Louisiana unanimously passed a resolution rejected the deposition of Bishops Schofield and Cox,

And Whereas the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church has again not followed canon law in the deposition of Bishop Robert Duncan of the Diocese of Pittsburgh,

Be it resolved that this 29th Convention of the Diocese of Western Louisiana concurs with the resolutions passed by the Standing Committee and the Diocesan Council rejecting the depositions of Bishops Schofield and Cox and,

Be it further resolved that this 29th Convention of the Diocese of Western Louisiana rejects the unlawful deposition of Bishop Duncan of Pittsburgh and calls upon this diocese and all authority in the Church to follow the Constitution and Canons in decision making.

1 Response to “Diocese of Western Louisiana Resolutions for the 29th Convention”


  1. 1 Richard Naff October 11, 2008 at 4:55 am

    I’m not sure I understand the 1st Resolution. At least I hope I don’t because I’ll feel better if it says something other than what I’m reading.

    First we get a Whereas that affims the GAFCON statement which includes, in part, “…faithful Anglicans of North America need to have their own Province…”

    Then we get the concluding Be It Resolved that seems to say, in effect, “We choose to stay in TEC and fight this battle via a Covenant, at least in principle because we don’t know what that Covenant is going to be, but maybe it will actually matter. Perhaps. Someday.”

    If I’m reading it correctly, this resolution just boggles the mind.

    Wouldn’t it be better to put forward something honest such as this:

    Whereas we can’t agree on anything meaningful or practical to do,

    Be It Resolved we shall do nothing, and in doing nothing we find agreement in our resolve.

    I offer up my prayers for DioWLA, regardless. Godspeed, good people.


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