The Right Rev. Charles G. vonRosenberg, bishop of TECSC, sent out the letters to priests and deacons who had not been in attendance for the conventions held by the “continuing Episcopalians” of the South Carolina Diocese.
“I invite you to make known your allegiance to TEC and, if you wish, to request a time to speak with me about this matter,” read one of the letters, according to a TECSC press release posted Thursday.
“You face a very serious decision, with significant consequences for you and for the church, and I encourage your careful and prayerful consideration.”
Holly Behre, director of Communications for TECSC, told The Christian Post that the letters varied in their content and were not necessarily exclusively for clergy who had opted to leave The Episcopal Church along with the rest of the South Carolina Diocesan leadership.
“Others were to clergy who, for one reason or another, may not have been able to attend a convention, but clearly want to remain with The Episcopal Church,” said Behre
Legal documents filed in South Carolina Circuit Court on March 28 say that Bishop Mark Lawrence and those people who followed him out of the Episcopal Church have no authority over the assets or property of the Diocese of South Carolina or any of its parishes and have conspired to damage the diocese.