Anglican Samizdat

September 20, 2008

The Diocese of Niagara: down and out in Canada.

Filed under: Anglican Church of Canada,Diocese of Niagara — David Jenkins @ 12:06 pm

Dear diocese, I know you are $777,000 in the hole, but perhaps you should cut back on Bishop Michael Bird’s salary a bit so you can pay your bills at St. Hilda’s.

These bills:

Brian Ruttan, the priest in charge at St. Hilda’s, in order to boost his Sunday morning congregation over the zero mark, took out a large ad in the Oakville Beaver. This was remarkably successful: the next Sunday Brian had a congregation of one. The only problem is, he didn’t pay the Beaver, so now the real ANiC St. Hilda’s – which has had a long standing relationship with the paper – is receiving repeated requests for payment. Come on, Bri, pay up.

St. Hilda’s proper (ANiC) has to rent space for its Sunday morning worship. The judge in the last court appearance ordered that the Diocese of Niagara and St. Hilda’s must share the building costs; to this day, the diocese has paid nothing to contribute to the running of the building. Which means St. Hilda’s proper has not only to fork out for rental space Sunday mornings, but also pay to keep a nice clean building for the diocese to occupy – with its congregation of zero.

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    Pingback by The Diocese of Niagara, again. « The Hairy Eyeball — September 20, 2008 @ 7:26 pm

  2. It seems that something else is going on here and elsewhere in Canada. Is it possible that Lady Justice’s blindfold has slipped? Do I see a thumb on her scales? Do we need to re-think our involvement in the defence of our properties? I honestly don’t know the answers. Jesus does though, something about let your yea be yea and your no be no…and some other directives that perhaps should be reviewed.
    Hildites – you are blessed with your oneness protect that! AT ALL COSTS.

    Comment by gary English — September 23, 2008 @ 10:05 pm

  3. I am sure, that if Jesus came to pray at St. Matthews Abbotsford, Bishop? Ingham and his band of merry men will stand united at the door of the church demanding that He remove himself from “my” jurisdiction.

    Comment by colin blackburn — September 24, 2008 @ 12:10 pm

  4. Colin,
    And charge him with trespassing.

    Comment by David — September 29, 2008 @ 3:52 am

  5. […] refused. So the diocese is in contempt of court and we are paying all the bills. This is chronicled here and here. Since that was posted, the furnace that heats the sanctuary broke (we no longer use the […]

    Pingback by The Invasion of St. Hilda’s. « Anglican Samizdat — October 26, 2008 @ 8:07 pm

  6. An easy decision.If no payment,then no use of the church.Notify the court that if payment is not received by Dec 1st for all time used plus one month in advance the church will be out of bounds.
    We at St.Hilda’s continue to be Mr. nice guy to bad people.You cannot deal this way and come out ahead.Sounds good,but in reality this does not work when dealing with people like this.

    Comment by walter — November 8, 2008 @ 8:05 pm

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