CO Springs CANA vestry on the indictment of rector

The website of St. George's Church in Colorado Springs, member of CANA, has a response to the Grand Jury findings against their rector, Don Armstrong:

"A Grand Jury, which serves as a tool for the Police and Prosecutors, has issued indictment against Father Armstrong for the long standing accusations of the Bishop of Colorado against him.

"As representatives for the vestry leadership of the parish we are grateful this lengthy investigation is now concluded and that we will after over three years of accusation be able to defend our priest and ourselves from these untruths.

"We are undaunted by these attempts to silence our parish’s stand for biblical truth and find ourselves in God’s economy to be thriving under these constant attacks by the Episcopal Church.

"We are looking forward to having a judge and jury determine the merits of this allegation and are confident in the ultimate outcome. We know from our own thorough investigation that Father Armstrong has done nothing wrong and will be found innocent. We are equal to the task of setting the record straight.

"We are grateful that the individuals with financial oversight, responsibilities, and check writing authority through the years from both churches have not been indicted.

"While this case is pending, the church will continue to function as normal and continue preaching and teaching the good news of God in Jesus Christ; the rector and the parish will continue to speak out on theological issues and advocate for orthodoxy.

"As Christians we are called not to enter into these sorts of processes against one another, and so we will not initiate investigations or seek prosecutions on those who disagree with us or have had financial authority over the years, especially the 1990’s, including those who remained Episcopalians and have advocated for this investigation against our rector.

"While the theological split and our departure from the Episcopal Church is now permanent, our church welcomes others to worship with us, even including those who have participated in our persecution."

The Episcopal Diocese of Colorado provides background on the case here

Comments (4)

A Grand Jury, which serves as a tool for the Police and Prosecutors...

The Police and the Prosecutors, who are officers of the Court.

They might as well have phrased it;
A Grand Jury, which serves as a tool for the Devil

or better yet;
A Grand Jury, which serves as a tool for the Presiding Oceanographer.

So basically this vestry is saying that this indictment is a sign that their church is being persecuted for upholding "biblical truth" Colorado Springs. Riiiiiight. Like the Episcopal Church has that much pull in one of the evangelical and military capitals of America.

¨...even including those who have participated in our persecution." St.George Vestry

May I be amongst the first million generous spirits to remind/reinvite you to a *standing invitiation* (issued years ago) that the ¨door is open and the light is on¨ as Presidint Bishop Katharyn Jefferts Schori of The Episcopal Church. Personally wants YOU to come home.

I´ve been taking Communion alongside some of you excluding/demonizers of LGBT Christians for years...I´ll have no trouble feeling at home wherever I worship especially alonside of you...please do me a favor though, try and be a little less mouthy during the rest of OUR someone once said to me, shut up and LISTEN! Egads, I did and the Holy Spirit came right in.

Well, Armstrong's vestry have had their say. What they ignore is that this is now a police matter. A charge was been made against Armstrong based on evidence of missing funds, Police investigation found enough evidence to support prosecution, and the wheels of justice slowly turn. If Armstrong had "done nothing wrong" as the vestry alleges, there wouldn't be a case. Prosecutors don't waste time & public money pursuing groundless charges against a high-profile defendant.

Once again we see the moral blindness of the orthodites. To steal (or back your priest when he steals)and then claim the moral high ground is ludicrous. Stealing is a violation of one of the most basic commandments; it can't be explained away or dressed up to be anything other than what it is--stealing. Any 7-year-old can confirm that. The only thing that makes it possible to steal and border cross is blindness to the reality of the deed. So, let the fact-finding proceed; cover-up seldom stands the light of day.
Cheryl Mack

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