Two views of the Episcopal diocese conflict

  • Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2012 12:01 a.m., Updated: Sunday, November 18, 2012 10:40 a.m.
The Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, 14th Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina, sings praises at his 2008 ordination and consecration service at The Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul.

One side says it’s the Episcopal Church that has launched an attack and betrayed the “doctrine, discipline and worship” of orthodox Anglicanism. The other side says it’s a renegade and secessionist diocesan leadership that’s rebelling against an inclusive church. Both call themselves “the Diocese of South Carolina.” At stake is millions of dollars in property assets and a community of believers. The Post and Courier presents two points of view, each questioning the motives of the other.

Open letters

On Thursday, the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence published an open letter to those in the Diocese of South Carolina explaining his position and accusing the Episcopal Church’s leadership of identity theft.

On the same day that Lawrence’s letter appeared, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, distributed a pastoral letter to the Diocese of South Carolina explaining her position and recent events.

Read the guest column by Peter Mitchell, a vestry member at Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church in Georgetown, here.

Read the guest column by the Rev. Dr. William L. Hills Jr., a retired priest in the diocese, here.

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