A Religious Liberal Blog

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Thursday, June 22, 2006


Realizing that the Episcopalians had passed nothing on gay bishops, something demanded by other churches in the Anglican "communion", a last minute resolution was pushed through by the leadership.

It says that the church needs to practice "restraint by not consenting to the consecration of any candidate to the episcopate whose manner of life presents a challenge to the wider church and will lead to further strains on communion" Funny language it is.

Jesus would have qualified for this, as someone whose manner of life challenged the wider society and religion. Martin Luther King's life did this as well. It would strike me as a Christian calling that one's life be a challenge for themselves and the world.

In it's language it's not so much a ban on gay bishops as it's a statement that some in the ECUSA believe can be presented to the wider church. But does anyone believe the right will accept this as adequate? You can read virtueonline for their reactions.

One gets the impression that the only way the right can be satisfied is the expulsion of gays, women, and liberals from any role in the church. I respect the intent behind the resolution to keep dialogue going but I wonder if there has ever been dialogue in the first place?

I don't see the resolution as an indication that gay and lesbians are not fully welcome in the Episcopal church. But I worry that this compromise doesn't represent the mind of the ECUSA nor will it offer anything to those determined to see the ECUSA supplanted.

I worry about the democratic process which led to its passage. Apparently the debate was severely limited, the resolution had little time for deliberation, and strong arm rhetoric was used on the delegates, which is not fair to them or the church.

The spirit behind the resolution is commendable but it assumes that the ECUSA has someone to negotiate with first, where both sides really want to hear each other and want to live together. No resolution can produce that. Only God working on those involved can.


At 4:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, liberal asshole. The Bible clearly states "no fags". By the way, what about those WMD you liberals were so joyous weren't previously found?

At 12:56 AM , Anonymous Shannon Lee said...

I've heard it said that the sign of a good compromise is that it makes everyone equally mad; judging from the reaction of both sides within ECUSA, this has got to be one of the all time greats... sigh.

At 10:35 AM , Blogger JAG said...

Right on RL. Jesus definately stirred up a ruckus just about everywhere he went. Strange that this resolution was passed after the ECUSA elected a woman as presiding bishop, a move which will definately further strain relations with conservative wings of the world Anglican church.

At 10:44 PM , Blogger Tyler Simons said...

I was really disappointed with the moratorium resolution, and I'm rather proud that my Bishops supported the message of dissent that Jake has up on his blog.

The reactionary Episcopalians have to say that whatever we did, it wasn't enough for the Windsor report. We screwed up their consensus by electing a female PB. If we had been hard enough on gays and lesbians (don't get me wrong, any moratorium is too hard on our GLBT siblings) there would have been a big split in the network and the AAC between the homophobes who are ok with female ordination and those who aren't. As it stands, the conservative Episcopalians have to hope that their homophobia can override the misogyny of many of their members and three entire diocese.


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