A Feb. 11 letter attempted to take Episcopal Bishop Charles vonRosenberg to task for having analogized the legal struggle of loyal Episcopalians with the breakaway followers of deposed Bishop Mark Lawrence with the long, arduous journey of the people of Israel following Moses through the wilderness.

While the writer could have fairly made the point that the Exodus struggle was of greater import than the current one, he chose instead to criticize Bishop vonRosenberg and, by implication, millions of Episcopalians and other Anglicans for having abandoned the “orthodoxy” of the faith.

I would challenge the writer to cite any evidence of the word “orthodox” appearing in the Bible or whatever other text he might subscribe to. Should he want to uphold the Bible, he might fruitfully dwell for a time on its consistent message upholding the love and forgiveness at the heart of Christ’s earthly pilgrimage. He might further benefit from the well-known caution to judge not, lest he be judged. The followers of Mr. Lawrence have always been free to join his renunciation of ties with the Episcopal Church and the wider Anglican Communion. They are free, as are all American Christians, to worship and serve God in whatever manner they choose.

What is in dispute is their deceitful adherence to the name Episcopal and their seizure of property that has long been held in the name of the very church they have abandoned. On the other hand, Bishop vonRosenberg has consistently bent over backwards in order to stand for reconciliation — a word I don’t recall encountering in the vocabulary of Lawrence and his followers.

The Rev. John C. Fisher

Crooked Creek Lane