Charlie Holt, the controversial potential bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Florida, has issued a statement about the election with a noteworthy, albeit minor, issue. Specifically, he signs the statement as the “bishop coadjutor-elect.”
As the line from the movie says, “Not yet.”
Much of the letter is carefully worded and reflects the usual babble about love and unity. And while it avoids discussion of race or LGBTQ+ issues, it carefully references the Colorado shootings—a telling bit of triangulation.
For the record, Holt is not the anything elect until the majority of standing committees and seated bishops across the Episcopal Church approve him.
Given the issues with Mark Lawrence and his lies to the House of Bishops about how he was not going to try to lead his former diocese out of TEC, even as he was planning exactly that, Anglican Watch believes standing committees and bishops alike will take a cautious approach.
We also expect objections to his election to be filed with the national church.
Thus, it may seem like hair-splitting, but the election of a bishop involves more than just voting in the immediate diocese, and it’s important not to treat approval as given or a rubber stamp. So no, Holt has not been elected anything yet.
A copy of Holt’s letter is here.