Episcopal Celebration Relocates from Roman Catholic Site Following Objections

Juicy Ecumenism | 7/17/2019 | Mia Steupert
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A retirement service of Holy Eucharist honoring a pro-LGBTQ Episcopal bishop has been moved from the originally announced venue at a Roman Catholic church to the bishop’s own cathedral.

Longtime Episcopal Bishop of Michigan Wendell Gibbs is retiring from his diocese later this year. His elected successor is The Rev. Dr. Bonnie Perry, the first woman to lead the diocese and the first partnered **** diocesan bishop in the Episcopal Church. Both Gibbs and Perry are former Roman Catholics.

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Originally, the service was to be held December 9 at St. Mary Magdalen Roman Catholic Church in Brighton, about halfway between Detroit and Michigan’s state capital in Lansing. Events were suddenly rescheduled to be held at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, the diocesan cathedral in downtown Detroit.

The venue was only moved after complaints were filed with the Most Rev. Earl Boyea, the Roman Catholic bishop of Lansing, by traditionalist Roman Catholics and Episcopalians, although the reason for the change in venues has not been confirmed by either the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lansing or Episcopal Diocese of Michigan.

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The Diocese of Lansing has not, as of publication, responded to calls regarding the change in venue or why the event was scheduled to be held at St. Mary Magdalen, Brighton in the first place. Meanwhile, the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan office declined to give a statement on the transpiring events with Gibbs, Perry, and the venue switch.

Conservative Roman Catholic news outlet Church Militant and Anglican news outlet Virtue Online reported the complaints filed with Boyea were based on the fact that a Roman Catholic parish church was hosting a celebration of a pro-LGBTQ bishop who, the complaints...
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