Diocese of Indianapolis Standing Committee President Frank Guthrie said the vote was 4-1 to give consent to the bishop-elect of Northern Michigan. The vote took place on April 16, he said.
Meanwhile, the Standing Committee of Arkansas voted this morning (April 29, 2009) to withhold consent, standing committee president the Rev. Pam Morgan said. We’re playing phone tag (I shouldn’t have taken that coffee break) but I’ll post more details if I get them.
Guthrie, the Indianapolis standing committee president, said he generally votes to give consent, if the bishop-elect satisfies canon law requirements.
“My basic attitude towards these things is if a diocese wants a person as their bishop … they’re entitled to have them, if it’s a fair, honest election.” Guthrie said. “I’d want our diocese to be allowed the opportunity to pick whoever we wanted.”