- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 28, 2001

Regarding your April 2 article, “Female bishop blocks traditional´ Episcopal priest,” I was an active Episcopalian for over half a century since birth. This alone qualifies me to respond to the article. I left that church over a decade ago.

I read the story with a great deal of interest and sadness. The Episcopal Church is not what it once was, having destroyed itself years ago.

The bishops of the Episcopal Church and more than a few priests have instituted changes and created doctrine which celebrate man´s wayward desires. The church´s ruling clique has written into church doctrine that which man wants to do, not what he should do. They have followed political correctness instead of scriptural correctness. This band of clerics ha, at its peril, created a “people´s church.” They have forgotten that it is God´s church.

The clergy have replaced their duty to declare the message of Jesus Christ with social activism (which most claim is an inherent part of their position). Instead of relying on the Bible, they are writing their own book. Unfortunately, most who remain in the church are blissfully ignorant of what they support.

Father Samuel Edwards and the unfortunate parish of Christ Episcopal Church in Accokeek, Md., are getting a large dose of the new church. There is a better way.


MARK A.H. SMITH JR.

Linden Va.


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