Following the selection and appointment by four Bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church of the Reverend Canon Anne Dyer as Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney on 9 November, there are now serious questions being asked about the process.
The Rector of St Margaret’s, Aberdeen, the Very Reverend Dr Emsley Nimmo, immediately resigned from his role as Dean of the Diocese. The Revd Canon Ian Ferguson, Rector of Westhill Community Church, also resigned from the Cathedral Chapter on Wednesday.
Ian Ferguson’s resignation letter to the Primus and interim bishop states:
“Our Chapter, especially at its last meeting with you, were told that you would take note and listen to the Chapter when considering the right person to become our next Bishop.
“Our Diocese voted overwhelmingly against a revisionist agenda to change the marriage canon so that Same Sex Marriage would become part of the church’s understanding of marriage and that priests could register to officiate at Same Sex Weddings.
“Our Bishop at the time publicly stated his opposition to such a revisionist agenda, which reflected not only his own personal view but that of our Diocese. Yet, despite all of that, you have put into position a new bishop who not only supports same-sex marriage but has conducted same-sex weddings.
“This decision by you and the College is not only insensitive but disrespectful to the people of our Diocese.”
The Scottish Anglican Network said in a statement: “Many are praying for those for whom the selection of a new bishop has created despair rather than hope. They also pray for the bishops and the bishop-appointee – that they will recognise that this appointment process has been seriously flawed and will have lasting and serious repercussions.”
• Full story at the Scottish Anglican Network.