Petition being signed at www.BCP526.org
Plano, TX (May 3, 2006) -- In an effort to organize and amplify the voices of thousands of orthodox priests around the country in anticipation of the 75th General Convention of the Episcopal Church of the United States of America (ECUSA), to be held June 13-21, 2006 in Columbus, Ohio, the Rev. Canon David H. Roseberry, an Episcopal rector in Plano, Texas, is collecting signatures via a website called www.bcp526.org. The website's title is a reference to page number 526 of The Book of Common Prayer, from which every priest ordained by the Episcopal Church takes his/her vows. When the Bishop says to the ordinand:
"Will you be loyal to the doctrine, discipline, and worship of Christ as this Church has received them? And will you, in accordance with the canons of this Church, obey your bishop and other ministers who may have authority over you and your work?", the ordinand answers:
"I am willing and ready to do so; and I solemnly declare that I do believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, and to contain all things necessary to salvation; and I do solemnly engage to conform to the doctrine, discipline, and worship of The Episcopal Church.
"Priests from all over are signing the petition to remind our House of Bishops of their ordination vows," said Roseberry. "And if they remain true to their vows, they really have no choice but to uphold the recommendations of the Windsor Report." The petition at www.bcp526.org makes these four requests of the House of Bishops:
1) Refrain from approving any further consecrations of same sex partnered bishops;
2) Stop all actions that allow or promote the blessing of same sex unions of any kind;
3) Fully endorse the Windsor Report as their roadmap for maintaining full communion with the world-wide Anglican Church;
4) Turn the attention of the church to the mission of reaching the lost for the sake of the Gospel.
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