An Episcopal bishop who believes in the Bible is expected to be disciplined soon by the leaders of his denomination.
UPDATE (10/8/20): A disciplinary panel in the Episcopal Church has convicted one of the denomination's bishops for violating his clerical vows in refusing to allow his priests to perform same-sex unions. Details...
William H. Love (pictured) is bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany. Love has been found guilty by a Hearing Panel of failing to abide by rules established by The Episcopal Church and, in doing so, violating his ordination vows. Jeff Walton of The Institute on Religion & Democracy describes Love's alleged crime.
"He is one of the last bishops basically to hold the line on same-sex marriage," Walton shares. "He directed his clergy back in late 2018 that they would not be allowed to utilize same-sex rites which had been authorized by the church's general convention in July of 2018."
Consequently, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry brought Love up on charges in early 2019, and the Hearing Panel has now found him guilty. The extent of Love's discipline is not certain as of yet.
"There will be a separate hearing which will take place in the coming month which will determine how Bishop Love's ministry will be restricted," Walton explains. "It may be that he is deposed, although that is not yet clear. However, whatever it is it will be significant."
Love cited as his reasons for violating church doctrine that as a bishop he was "called to guard the faith, unity, and discipline of the church." Regarding his potential discipline, he has stated: "Whatever the outcome, it will severely impact not only me and [my] ministry … as bishop of Albany, but it will also seriously impact the life and ministry of the diocese.
"I continue to pray that somehow God will use all of this for His purposes," he concluded.
According to Walton, a small minority of Episcopal diocesan bishops teach a biblical understanding of marriage between a man and a woman. The Diocese of Albany, however, is the only remaining domestic U.S. diocese to prohibit clergy from presiding at same-sex "marriage" rites.