Since Michael Bird will resign in June this year, the diocese has to choose a new bishop.
The candidates are:
Are they all theologically liberal, you might be wondering?
Are there any Christians hiding amongst them?
Far be it from me to pass judgement but here are their answers to the question:
What is your view with regards to equal marriage and will you, as Niagara’s bishop, continue to authorize the current permissive pastoral practice in the lead up to General Synod 2019?
To save you time, their answers to the question of whether they will marry same-sex couples are:
David Anderson: Yes
Susan Bell: Yes
David Burrows: Yes
Robert Fead: Yes
Robert Hurkmans: Yes
Stuart Pike: Yes
Martha Tatarnic: Yes
If you had any doubts about the diocese’s dedication to diversity and inclusion, the conformity of these answers should settle them.
Interestingly, when St. Hilda’s congregation was ejected from its building and the diocese installed a Potemkin congregation to demonstrate to the courts how much it needed the place, Martha Tatarnic was the “priest in charge” – of the phony congregation; once firmly in diocesan clutches, the building was sold and demolished. Valuable experience for the new bishop’s job.