You will recall that the Diocese of South Carolina voted on this resolution – offered by its Standing Committee and Deans – back in October:
I have searched all over that diocese’s site, and I cannot find a final, passed version of that resolution. But I seem to recall they passed it. Correct me if I’m wrong.
Subject: Second Guiding Principle for Engagement
Offered by: The Standing Committee and Deans
Whereas the governing bodies of The Episcopal Church have failed to operate within the boundaries of its canons and continued participation in such behavior would make the Diocese of South Carolina complicit in this dysfunction, be it
Resolved that this Diocese authorize the Bishop and Standing Committee to begin withdrawing from all bodies of the Episcopal Church that have assented to actions contrary to Holy Scripture, the doctrine, discipline and worship of Christ as this church has received them, the resolutions of the Lambeth Conference which have expressed the mind of the Communion, the Book of Common Prayer and our Constitution and Canons, until such bodies show a willingness to repent of such actions; and be it
Further resolved that the Diocese of South Carolina declares that the most recent example of this behavior, in the passage of Resolutions DO25 and CO56, to be null and void, having no effect in this Diocese, and in violation of our diocesan canon (XXXVI sec.1).
If they indeed passed this resolution, withdrawing from all bodies of TEC, how can they vote on any action of the Episcopal Church, including the election of Bishop-Elect Glasspool?
I'm sorry my short note was confusing to some of our right-leaning friends. Nor did I realize that Kendall Harmon would send over1,000 people over to my humble blog today. So let me clarify.
I am well acquainted with the Constitution and Canons of our Church. I know that the Diocese of South Carolina can register its opposition by refusing to vote. I know that "no vote" constitutes a "no" vote.
And I'm aware of the silly resolution that South Carolina passed, in its effort to distance itself from the lepers in the Episcopal Church.
When I asked, "Can the Diocese of SC Vote on Glasspool?," I meant to ask whether the folks in South Carolina would have the courage to abide by the resolution they passed. I wonder whether they will have the courage to refuse to vote and take counsel in our church. They passed a resolution pledging themselves to withdraw from all the "heretical" counsels of the Episcopal Church. Of course, they will see this and all other episcopal elections as "tainted" by TEC's "heresy." I am well aware that their abstaining from the Glasspool election would count as a "no" vote. Any idiot knows that. Duh!
What I want to know is: Will the Diocese of South Carolina be able to contain its homophobia enough to decline a vote on Glasspool? Will that diocese have enough integrity to abstain on this vote?
Later, it will become interesting to see whether SC has enough integrity to forbear on future votes on which it might want to speak. Then we shall see whether SC has real integrity or an Alice-in-Wonderland view of the world.
Bottom line: If SC meant what it passed, they will "withdraw themselves" from a vote on Bishop-Elect Glasspool. If they vote on this one, they will prove themselves liars and homophobes. In other votes, they may reveal more of themselves. In passing their silly resolution, the Diocese of South Carolina opened themselves to a special sort of scrutiny. I look forward to observing their actions.