Parishioners never led away by church leader

Recent articles regarding the Episcopal Church's lawsuit against Bishop Seabury Church are misleading. ("Bishop Seabury parishioners can continue to use building," April 16. "Episcopal Diocese is ruled owner of Bishop Seabury Church in Groton," March 20.)

Father Ronald Gauss has not "led" us away. He doesn't have a vote. The Episcopal Church radically changed its doctrine, and is demanding we support it financially and exclusively, or else. It was the parish's unanimous decision to also affiliate with the Anglican Church, which is in the same denomination as the Episcopal Church.

We haven't formally disaffiliated from the Episcopal Church. We added the other affiliation in order to obtain godly episcopal care. The opposition wants the court to order our Anglican bishops to not set foot in our building without their permission. The judge refused.

Also, 35-40 (not 25) of us attended court. At the most recent hearing, Father David Cannon - so-called "priest in charge" - had nobody with him except attorneys, because there are no dissenters in the parish.

In fact, the hearing was the first time parishioners saw Father Cannon. His attorneys claim to represent the parish, but the only people they represent are Father Cannon and his imaginary congregation, which does not exist.

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