The Confessing Movement calls upon the Western Jurisdiction to immediately comply with the Judicial Council decision. Failure to do so would further erode the unity in The United Methodist Church and add to the distrust that already exists.
We have been saddened by the disobedience that occurs within The United Methodist Church. Further, the action of the Western Jurisdiction is a clear indication that we are a divided church.
Please be in prayer for the future of The United Methodist Church.
SUMMARY OF DECISION
In the case of the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto as a Bishop and, who is a woman “married” to another woman. The Judicial Council held that:
· A self-avowed, practicing homosexual cannot be consecrated a bishop.
· A same-sex marriage license issued by competent civil authorities together with the clergy person’s status in a same-sex relationship is a public declaration that a person is a self-avowed, practicing homosexual.
· An openly homosexual and partnered bishop is in violation of the minimum standards established by the General Conference for clergy, including a commitment to abide by and uphold the Church’s definition of marriage and stance on homosexuality.
Bishops and clergy persons who actively participate in the consecration of a bishop who has been found to be a self-avowed, practicing homosexual may be charged with disobedience.
However, the ruling continues.
Self-avowal does not nullify the consecration and cause removal from the episcopal office. Rather it is a sufficient declaration to subject the bishop’s ministerial office to review. Such a declaration may not ignore such a declaration and a complaint must be filed against such an individual. The person may remain in office while the review is conducted. The person is entitled to all fair process rights.
The bottom line is that Karen Oliveto remains a bishop of the church with her status in her ministerial office being under review. Complaints pending against her are to be processed according to the Discipline.
You can read the full decision HERE.