The Consecration of V Gene Robinson as Bishop Coadjutor of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church of the United States of America
A Statement from the Evangelical Fellowship of Irish Clergy

The consecration of Canon V Gene Robinson as Bishop Coadjutor of New Hampshire Diocese on 2nd November, 2003 is an unbiblical, divisive, cynical and sectarian action made with no regard for the wishes of the worldwide Anglican Communion. We deeply regret the action of the Bishops involved in this consecration and wish to make it known that we (along with numerous faithful Anglicans across the globe) do not recognise this consecration.

In particular, we deeply regret that the Presiding Bishop of ECUSA has shown contempt towards not only his fellow Primates, but to the rest of the Anglican Communion, in personally overseeing the consecration ceremony and rejecting the valid objections of those who expressed their concerns. The Presiding Bishop (a signatory of the Primates’ statement cautioning against the consecration of Canon V Gene Robinson and issued unanimously) has acted in a deceitful way and this action is unworthy of a Shepherd of the flock of Jesus Christ.

We note that in approving for Episcopal ministry a divorcee, who is in an open, active and partnered homosexual relationship, ECUSA has capitulated to secular pressures exerted by a western culture which rejects the Bible and its clear teaching that consistently forbids same-sex relationships. ECUSA has also discarded the norm of two millennia of Church tradition. ECUSA has indubitably departed from the boundaries of Anglicanism as expressed clearly at the Lambeth Conference 1998.

The EFIC wishes to align itself with all Bishops who affirm, teach and promote the Biblical, historical and universal teaching on same-sex relationships, promoting life-long monogamous heterosexual relationships as the only God-ordained context for sexual expression. We also fully align ourselves with every network and organisation which seeks to advance this biblical teaching. In particular, we wish to align ourselves with those who remain in ECUSA and maintain biblical orthodoxy. We urge that provision of Pastoral Oversight as promised by the Primates is put in place as soon as possible.

The EFIC deplores this shameful action and wishes to make it clear that it does not recognise the ministry of V Gene Robinson; nor can it accept the ministry of those who participated in his consecration. We regretfully note that Bishop Michael Mayes of Limerick was present at the ceremony. We call upon Bishop Mayes to revoke the partnership which his diocese has with the Diocese of New Hampshire. If he is unwilling to do so in view of ECUSA's unbiblical action, then we call upon our Archbishops and Bishops to exercise appropriate discipline in order to preserve the orthodoxy and unity of the Church of Ireland.

The Bible makes it clear that there is room for people from every kind of background and past sinful experience to be included in Christ’s flock on God’s terms. The Apostle Paul made it clear to those in the Corinthian Church that “as such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:11)”. This is Gospel inclusivity.

4th December 2003

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