March 4, 2007

And the correct date is …

According to an announcement reported yesterday from the Rev. J. Haden McCormick, president of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of South Carolina, consents from other standing committees for the episcopal consecration of the Very Rev. Mark Lawrence must be “postmarked by March 12, 2007.” Episcopal News Service, in its February 16 story on McCormick’s request that standing committees that have refused to give consent reconsider their decision, gave March 9 as the deadline date, however: “In this case, the requests were mailed November 9, making the 120 day period end on March 9.” (Canon III.11.4(a) requires that standing committees respond within 120 days after requests for consent have been sent by the electing diocese’s standing committee.) So, which date is correct? One certainly hopes that South Carolina is not trying to move the goal posts because the requisite consents have not been forthcoming.

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