Episcopalians not in 'exodus'

May 22, 2013 

I take exception to your front-page story in Monday's paper. "Episcopal exodus" is not only inaccurate, it is a complete contradiction to what has and will occur at Turlock's St. Francis Episcopal Church.

In 2008, a small group of Anglican reactionaries attempted to separate this long-established parish from the Episcopal Church, whose doctrines and canons their lay and clergy leadership swore to uphold. The rector upon ordination swore to the following: "I do solemnly engage to conform to the doctrine, discipline and worship of the Episcopal church."

It is certainly the right of priests who believe they cannot support their ordination vow, to withdraw from the church, but not at the expense of commandeering a parish congregation and property. The Episcopal Church is not in "exodus"; rather, the Anglican Church is a small, misled schism that is vacating property that a variety of courts have repeatedly said they were illegally occupying.

On June 2, the true exodus of St. Francis Episcopal Church will end with the resumption of Episcopal services. These hearty pilgrims are to be commended for the long journey they were unnecessarily forced to endure. The Episcopal Church has many rooms where all are truly welcome.

BILL LATHAM

Modesto

Editor's note: The erroneous headline was corrected in a Setting It Straight, which ran in Wednesday's Bee.

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