- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 4, 2002

A Pennsylvania Episcopal priest who has been evicted from his job by his bishop will travel to London Saturday to address the world leaders of the Anglican Communion.
"I am not going over to London to cause trouble," said the Rev. David Moyer, pastor of the Church of the Good Shepherd in a Philadelphia suburb. "I am going to seek their counsel and their intervention."
The gathering of some of the 38 bishops and archbishops of the Anglican Communion, of which the U.S. Episcopal Church is a part, is said to have the tacit approval of Archbishop of Canterbury George R. Carey, leader of the world's 63 million Anglicans.
Mr. Moyer was "inhibited" removed from ministry by the Rt. Rev. Charles E. Bennison March 4, for "abandoning the communion" of the Episcopal Church.
Mr. Moyer, a conservative, refuses to allow Bishop Bennison to preach or celebrate Communion at his church because of differences over ordination of homosexual priests and women, the primacy of Christianity over other religions and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
However, Mr. Moyer is on good terms with the archbishop of Canterbury. Mr. Moyer is also president of Forward in Faith North America, a confederation of traditional Episcopal parishes.
The 2.3 million-member U.S. Episcopal Church has been criticized by Anglican archbishops for not tolerating conservatives who oppose the ordination of women and homosexuals.
One of them, Archbishop Drexel Gomez of the West Indies, invited Mr. Moyer to London.
After meeting with Mr. Moyer, the archbishops will meet privately at Lambeth Palace in London.
Among them will be Episcopal Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold, who originally opposed the inhibition.
Sources said Bishop Griswold wrote a critical letter to the standing committee in February, asking them not to inhibit Mr. Moyer.
The Rev. Glenn Matis, president of the standing committee, says such a letter expressing "concern" was received. When asked to furnish a copy, he said he could not find it.
the In late February, a group of church leaders who formed the "standing committee" for the Epismissive.
A few weeks ago, the Episcopal House of Bishops, which governs the American church, approved a provision by which conservative or "flying" bishops could minister to conservative parishes. These bishops are so named because of their travels between far-flung churches.
"Griswold will take the flying bishops thing to the meeting in London," Mr. Moyer said. "The question is: 'Will the [archbishops] be bamboozled by that?' Meanwhile, in the American church, spiritual genocide is being inflicted on traditionalists."


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