Episcopal bishops firm on pastoral 'oversight'

Bishops will retain traditional jurisdiction
The bishops of the Episcopal Church have rejected a bid by disgruntled conservatives to recruit like-minded bishops from other dioceses to assume control over their congregations.

The church’s House of Bishops, meeting last month in Camp Allen, Texas, said they will find ways to give “pastoral care” to conservative parishes, but will not surrender bishops’ traditional “jurisdiction” within their dioceses. “In other Anglican provinces, the term pastoral ‘oversight’ signifies what we mean by ‘pastoral care,”’ the bishops said in a three-page statement. “In our Episcopal Church polity, ‘oversight’ does not confer ‘jurisdiction.”’


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