The Rt. Rev. Dorsey Henderson, Bishop of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina writes concerning the viciousness of attacks on the bishop elect, Andrew Waldo:
Sisters and Brothers, dearly Beloved:
"God the Holy Spirit is with us!" I occasionally plagiarize those true, wise and guiding words from the first convention address of our first diocesan Bishop, the Right Rev'd Kirkman Finlay. I do so again.
From the date of my resignation announcement forward, you and I committed the episcopal election process to the guidance of the Holy Spirit and immersed it in prayer. There is no reason to believe that the Holy Spirit withdrew from that process at any point, then or now.
Some delegates were overjoyed with the choice. Some were disappointed. The emotions of still others may have been somewhere in between.
But the delegates fulfilled their charge, and we have a bishop-elect. Once the required consents are received from the standing committees and diocesan bishops of The Episcopal Church, Fr. Waldo will be consecrated bishop.
He will be our bishop. He will be my bishop.
Therefore we become a people called together with our bishop as the Body of Christ to do the work of Christ.
I am alarmed to discover that the bishop-elect is already under attack. I've read only a few of them; all are examples of the "anxious voices" we have pledged to avoid. And in some I've discovered twisted information, statements taken out of context and misused, and-I regret to say-some blatant untruths about Fr. Waldo. Some are even vicious.
Read the letter here
h/t to Titus 1:9