United Methodist Judicial Council rules on sexuality related issues


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BALTIMORE, Md — The Judicial Council, the top court of the United Methodist Church, has issued its rulings for their fall docket and has ordered Bishop James Dorff to issue a ruling of law as to whether the Southwest Texas board of ordained ministry acted appropriately in the the removal of Mary Ann (Kaiser) Barclay from the ordination process. Dorff had originally ruled that the request for a ruling of law was moot in his belief that it was not specifically about the pending business of the annual conference session.

In another sexuality related issue, the Council ruled that Bishop Robert Hoshibata’s ruling that a petition adopted at the 2012 Western Jurisdictional Conference was not correct and voided that petition.  The petition attempted to limit the penalty for any bishop convicted of ordaining or appointing a self-avowed practicing homosexual to a 24 hour suspension, however the Judicial Council ruled that the United Methodist Book of Discipline reserves the sole right of penalty to the trial court.

Linda Bloom of United Methodist News Service has a full rundown of that and other rulings at UMCConnections.org. Click here to read her story.

The official decisions of the Judicial Council can be found by clicking here.

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The Rev. Jay Voorhees is the Executive Editor of The United Methodist Reporter and the Chief Creative Officer for CircuitWriter Media LLC which operates this site and MethoBlog.com. Jay is an ordained elder in the Tennessee Annual Conference. Jay has written on life and the practice of faith in The United Methodist Church at Only Wonder Understands since 2003.

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