Skip to comments.Louisville, KY: Episcopal Rector Forced to Resign Because He Would Not Perform Gay Weddings
Posted on 12/27/2015 9:31:50 AM PST by marshmallow
The vestry opposed his position. Kentucky Bishop Terry White did not support him Fr. Erdman said he had no choice but to resign or contradict his conscience
The Rev. Jonathan Erdman, rector of Calvary Church in Louisville, KY, is resigning because he could not in good conscience perform gay weddings. He will leave his church Jan. 10, 2016.
The vestry of his parish had been trying to force him out since the Episcopal Church authorized priests to perform gay weddings, and Fr. Jonathan, a high churchman, said he would not do that. The vestry has the support of Kentucky Episcopal Bishop Terry Allen White, who was complicit in the forced resignation of Erdman from his position as rector of the Church.At last summer's General Convention, The Episcopal Church adopted a resolution allowing gay marriage but also stipulating that it would honor theological diversity and specifically, "That no bishop, priest, deacon or lay person should be coerced or penalized in any manner, nor suffer any canonical disabilities, as a result of his or her theological objection to or support for the 78th General Convention's action contained in this resolution."
It was left to the bishops to enforce this resolution in their respective dioceses. Bishop White not only did not enforce this resolution, he was complicit in forcing the resignation of Fr. Erdman from his position as rector of Calvary Church.
His action flies in the face of General Convention resolutions on gay marriage and represents similar bullying tactics by revisionist bishops over the ordination of women, which moved from a conscience issue for orthodox bishops to a mandatory order.
A member of the church told VOL that the inaction and complicity of Bishop White leading to the resignation of Fr. Erdman was a betrayal of trust of the Episcopal Church. The Church......
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Talk about egg all over his face.
Jeez, and I thought that they had driven all the Christians out of the Episcopal Church long ago.
For those people it’s all business.
Homosexuality is a holy sacrament in the Episcopal Church.
He is declining to perform one of their sacraments. No wonder he was fired.
Two words...Catholic Church.
I don’t know what religion the Episcopal Church is following. I just know that it’s not Christianity.
The Episcopal church is the church of Satan.
Stuff like this is the real news along with Christian businesses refusing to do business with the GAYSTAPO. Ignore the atrocities of mussie’s which is no news at all.
I remember when the gay activists said everyone would be free to follow their own conscience, no one would be punished for having a different view. I knew they were lying.
We RCs would love to have this man of principle. God bless you, Jonathan Erdman.
He’s in that church to start with. Can’t have too many principles.
The facts suggest just the opposite for some readers.
It certainly appears to us he is a -
"I'm not going to throw in the towel without a fight." -
kind of leader.
The church around him changed for the worse ever so slowly, as is our general society changing around us. The church members, or at least his vestry and senior command, finally overwhelmed him.
IMO, he will soon find a welcoming position if he has not already.
Part of the scandal of all this, is that in allowing homosexual “marriage” a couple years ago The Episcopal Church claimed to put in place a conscience clause—promising no penalty or problems for clergy who refused to perform perverted nuptials.
Kentucky Episcopal Bishop Terry Allen White has in essence stabbed Rev. Erdman in the back—by allowing his liberal vestry to fire him....contrary to the stated law of the Episcopal Church.
So not only is TEC fostering the “blessing” of perversion—it is lying about protecting the few who are conscientious objectors to that abomination.
God help the kids of that parish.
And, those of us who walk away from the EC as I did some years ago will always wonder if we should have stayed and fought. We will wonder if we were being selfish, wonder if we had betrayed a friend/family member, or took the easy way out.
hopefully it is a passing phase - the catechism has never changed
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