Friday, November 12, 2010

Another Anglican "Bishop" Resigns

But it's probably not what you think. If you figured this to be another post about some Anglican prelate heading for Rome, you're wrong. Way, way wrong.

From CNA:

Citing the toll that worldwide publicity has taken on his “marriage” and on New Hampshire Episcopalians, Gene Robinson – the first openly homosexual man to become a bishop of the Episcopal Church – announced on Nov. 6 that he will begin a two-year process of resigning from his diocese.

Robinson, 63, received approval from the Episcopal Church's General Convention to become a bishop in 2003, after the faithful and clergy of the New Hampshire diocese selected him for the position. His appointment sparked outrage among traditional Anglicans, many of whom considered it an official affront to Biblical standards of sexual conduct on the part of the Episcopal Church.

“The fact is,” he wrote in a letter to Episcopalians in his diocese, “the last seven years have taken their toll on me, my family, and you.” Robinson has two children from his marriage to a woman during the 1970s and 80s. He entered into a civil union with his current partner, Mark Andrew, in 2008.

“Death threats, and the now-worldwide controversy surrounding your election of me as Bishop, have been a constant strain,” he continued, “not just on me, but on my beloved husband, Mark … and in some ways, (upon) you.”

Yeah. Maybe I'm a bad person, but it's real tough for me to be all that sympathetic. Check out Iraq sometime, Gene. Try taking a stand for orthodox Christianity at some point and see what that gets you. Perhaps you should be thanking God that you haven't gone through that kind of persecution.

And, again, what of Rowan? The Archlayman has got to be urinated off beyond comprehension. Let's face it. Gene pretty much pushed this whole issue to the breaking point. Now, after having made his big splash on the world stage and effectively shoving the Anglican Communion over a cliff, he's decided to pick up his toys and go home. I keep thinking that Rowan has to eventually take a long look in the mirror and realize that it's over. The man can't have much pride left. I sure as hell wouldn't after all this.

Abjure your heresies, Rowan. The Barque of Peter awaits.

Meanwhile, we have this great photo of the Barque of Elizabeth:

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