[ENS] The House of Bishops voted March 12 to consent to the deposition fromthe ordained ministry of the Rt. Rev. John-David Schofield, bishop of theDiocese of San Joaquin, and the Rt. Rev. William Jackson Cox, bishopsuffragan of the Diocese of Maryland, resigned.
Members of the House of Bishops are preparing a statement regarding these actions and for release after a March 12 afternoon session.The process used to work through these resolutions took into account the importance of prayer and careful reflection before each vote was taken.
Specifically, in both cases the House was first led in prayer by a chaplain, followed by small-group discussion, and then plenary discussion. After this,voting commenced. Each vote was cast clearly in the majority, with some nay votes, and some abstentions.
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori asked the bishops assembled "tocontinue to reach out" in pastoral care to both Schofield and Cox.
"Abandoning the Communion of this Church does not meet we abandon a personas a member of the Body of Christ," Jefferts Schori said.