From the Public Affairs Office:
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and Registrar of General Convention, the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, have notified the Diocese of Dallas that Bishop-Elect George Sumner has received the required majority of consents in the canonical consent process.
You may read more coverage of Bishop Sumner’s election and progress towards canonical consents here and here. As Bishop-elect, he telegraphed his support of the Salt Lake City Statement issued by Bishops who were opposed to the new provisions for same-sex marriage adopted at General Convention; at the same time pledging his continuing commitment and loyalty to the Church.
I return in my mind to the three goals that were expressed in our recent episcopal search. We want to articulate the traditional teaching on marriage. … We do well to think of this witness as actually a gift to the whole church. This is just the perspective of the bishops themselves in their generous mind-of-the-house statement toward the Communion Partners bishops at Convention. I pledge myself to do whatever I can to advocate for this continuing witness in our Church among my future colleagues in the coming years. Secondly, we remain loyal to our church, even as we remind it that the eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you.’ (I Corinthians 12:21).
Bishop Sumner will be consecrated on November 14. Read the full press release here.