Virtueonline writes of the Disciplinary Boards decision not to proceed with the charges against Bishop Lawrence of South Carolina.
I have not written about the situation in South Carolina during the investigation, but I was always convinced that these charges could NEVER have resulted in Bishop Lawrence’s removal. This was the National Church’s attempt to test the waters. However, they have accepted, what they have almost certainly realized all along, that to remove a sitting bishop who has (1) always said he wants to remain the Episcopal Church, even though disagreeing with the direction of the church and (2) has NEVER even hinted at any possible alternative to TEC, to be impossible without causing incredible damage to TEC.
When asked by fellow Clergy in the Diocese I now serve over the past few weeks about the situation in South Carolina I always said that there was NO chance Bishop Lawrence could be removed under these charges. That has been borne out.