Friday, December 11, 2009

LA Episcopalians To Rowan: Converge This

Remember when Rowan bothered to throw some criticisms at the Church in his demands that women be allowed as make-believe priests?

It makes you wonder what his reaction will be to the Los Angeles diocese's decision to not only let a woman play at being priest, but bishop as well. Oh, did I mention she's a lesbian?

The worldwide Anglican Church has been plunged into a fresh crisis after a lesbian was chosen as its second gay bishop.

In a move that will dismay the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, Canon Mary Glasspool was elected as an assistant bishop for the diocese of Los Angeles.

Canon Glasspool, 55, has openly stated that she has lived with her partner, Becki Sander, since 1988.

Dismay? You think? This was the same guy who was worried about "substantive theological convergence" with Catholicism while his own organization is completely collapsing.

The Rev Rod Thomas, the leader of the conservative evangelical group Reform and a member of the General Synod, said: ‘I feel deeply ashamed that this is happening in the Anglican Church. ‘I think a schism is absolutely inevitable.’

There's a news flash. Here's a riddle. If a schism happens in the Anglican Communion, how could you tell? I'm serious. What really makes the Anglicans a communion of any kind these days?

But St Paul’s Cathedral’s Canon Chancellor Giles Fraser, a leading liberal, said: ‘This is another nail in the coffin of Christian homophobia.’

Sorry, Giles. This is just another nail in the coffin of Anglicanism.

Rowan was available for comment.

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, spiritual leader of the world's 77 million Anglicans, said Sunday that the choice raised 'very serious questions' for the divided church and urged restraint.

But he added Glasspool's election 'raises very serious questions not just for the Episcopal Church and its place in the Anglican Communion, but for the Communion as a whole.'

We actually have a picture of Rowan's reaction to all this:


D. G. Geis said...

Outrageously funny! Looks like the rats got to the lifeboats first.

Fr. D.G. Geis

Throwback said...

Well, not rats, at least. The bulk of those involved seem perfectly content to ride the Barque of Liz I straight to the bottom anyway.