NEW YORK — The Rev. William G. Miller, the Rev. Edward D. Smith and the Revs.
John W. Smith, the three members of the Episcopal Diocese of New York’s Board of Trustees, have been appointed to serve on the board of the Catholic Church.
The appointments were announced Thursday by the diocese, which has been grappling with a backlash over its new motto, “One World.”
In a press release, the dioceses board said it made the appointments following a “very productive dialogue with the Board of the Holy See” in which Miller, Smith and D.C. Archbishop Thomas J. Curry were involved.
The diocese says the board has also invited a host of church leaders to discuss the new motto and its implications.
In a statement, Miller said: I am pleased to be joining the Diocese.
I believe the new Catholic motto is an excellent way to move the church in the right direction.
The church is moving forward, and we must do the same.
The church is not going to disappear, Miller added.
“We must continue to engage with people and with the public to ensure that the new slogan is used wisely, to protect the Church’s integrity and to serve the needs of the people of New Jersey,” he said.