Anglican Bishop Who Refuses to Allow Gay Weddings in His Diocese is Disciplined by Denomination

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ALBANY, NY – The Bishop of Albany, William Love, is facing “partial restrictions” on his ministry due to his refusal to allow sodomites the opportunity to give God the middle finger by getting married in the diocese he oversees. In November 2018, Love sent an eight-page letter to the churches he oversees in response to a motion passed last year allowing clergy to perform same-sex weddings.

Love expressed in this letter his firm biblical opposition to the act of sodomy, stating that it is “in direct conflict and contradiction to God’s intent for the sacrament of marriage as revealed through Holy Scripture.”

This letter prompted a response from the Office of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. Bishop Michael Curry expressed his disdain for the bishop of Albany who simply wanted to follow God’s clear command in Scripture to be faithful and obedient to His Word. In a statement on January 11, Curry expressed his frustration, saying,

I am aware that Bishop Love’s conduct in this regard may constitute a canonical offense under Canon IV.4(1)(c) (“abide by the promises and vows made when ordained”) and Canon IV.4(1)(h)(9) (“any Conduct Unbecoming a Member of the Clergy”), and that conduct has been referred to the Rt. Rev. Todd Ousley, Bishop for Pastoral Development and Intake Officer for disciplinary matters involving bishops.  Accordingly, in order to protect the integrity of the Church’s polity and disciplinary process and, thereby, the good order and welfare of the Church, and pursuant to Canons IV.7(3), (4), and IV.17(2), I hereby place the following partial restriction on the exercise of Bishop Love’s ministry: 

During the period of this restriction, Bishop Love, acting individually, or as Bishop Diocesan, or in any other capacity, is forbidden from participating in any manner in the Church’s disciplinary process in the Diocese of Albany in any matter regarding any member of the clergy that involves the issue of same-sex marriage. 

Nor shall he participate in any other matter that has or may have the effect of penalizing in any way any member of the clergy or laity or worshipping congregation of his Diocese for their participation in the arrangements for or participation in a same-sex marriage in his Diocese or elsewhere.

This restriction is effective immediately and shall continue until any Title IV matter pending against Bishop Love is resolved.  In the meantime, I or my successor, should this matter continue after my term, shall review the continued necessity of this restriction from time to time and amend or lift it as appropriate. 

We at Reformation Charlotte hereby call on Bishop Love to separate from this apostate denomination, repudiate all that it stands for, and take everyone that you can with you.

“Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues…” –Revelation 18:4

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