Not long after Lawrence's election, various bishops and standing committees sent him a set of questions meant to gauge his intentions concerning the diocese's recent request for an "alternative primatial relationship" - oversight by someone other than Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.Mark Lawrence writes his parish.
To the question, "In what ways will you work to keep the Diocese of South Carolina in the Episcopal Church?" Lawrence answered Friday: "I might as well have been asked while I was engaged to my wife, 'In what ways will you work to keep your wife from leaving her commitments?' " And he informed his interrogators that Jefferts Schori would not be welcome at his consecration.
More: "Due to the fact that the expiration date for the consent process is not until March 9, 2007, the tentative consecration date of February 24, 2007, for Bishop-elect Mark Lawrence has been postponed until after Easter."