Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Apparently, I don't like women and don't understand Church history.

I don't think women should be bishops, after all. Let's be thankful that the Katherine Schori is making the rounds in the Telegraph to inform me about myself in such ways. Of course, Schori has always been vocal about how she and her ilk are smarter, more sophisticated, and more conscientious than us idiot Catholics. Who can forget her ambitious exploration into unheard of depths of insulting in her 2006 NYT Magazine interview?

How many members of the Episcopal Church are there in this country?
About 2.2 million. It used to be larger percentagewise, but Episcopalians tend to be better-educated and tend to reproduce at lower rates than some other denominations. Roman Catholics and Mormons both have theological reasons for producing lots of children.

Episcopalians aren’t interested in replenishing their ranks by having children?
No. It’s probably the opposite. We encourage people to pay attention to the stewardship of the earth and not use more than their portion.


Anyways, she's back again to let us know that we are all mean and hateful and dumb for not wanting women bishops. She tells the Telegraph:

"I think there's a whole range of reasons why people aren't comfortable with the idea.
"It's personal antipathy, and it's a misunderstanding of leadership in the early church. The early church had women in leadership roles."

Oh, I get it. They had leadership roles, so they must have been bishops. I have a car, so it must be a Hummer. Who can refute such gloriously constructed logic?

Let's examine the list of folks who also fall under this list of misongynist idiots:

Jesus Christ

St. Paul

St. Irenaeus

St. Hippolytus

St. John Chrysostom

And of course, Popes Paul VI, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI (and that's just recently). Yes, all notorious woman-haters and real morons to boot. We really have no idea how fortunate we are to have geniuses like Schori to explain to us the real meaning of Church history that has lain utterly dormant and concealed lo these past two millenia.

My favorite part of this whole shpiel:

"There is a great deal of anxiety around the Communion and the world. People are faced with a range of changes and a pace of change that is unknown in human history. But all will be well."

That's right, folks. Be calm. All is well.

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