[Stand Firm] 29 July 2007--In June I had the pleasure to meet with the clergy who are under the Diocese of Recife in the Northwest. It was a wonderful time together. During our meeting they brought up the upcoming consecration of three Americans for the purpose of providing oversight for Kenyan and Ugandan congregations here in the United States.
This conversation highlighted the need we have for godly bishops. What are we looking for in a bishop? There are five paramount qualities that need to be recognized in anyone who would be a candidate for this office no matter what the faith tradition might be. In the past some of us have been abused by our bishops. Many of us, because of their defective theology, have wanted to have as little contact with our bishops as possible. You know the old joke.
What is the place of the bishop in the Church? As far away as possible....