Female to follow the ineffable Frank
The Episcopal Church USA (more correctly known as the Episcopal Church NO USA) has followed up its approval of the ordination of a practicing sodomite as a bishop by choosing a woman, Katharine Jefferts Schori, to be the Presiding Bishop of the EC NO USA, succeeding the evil Frank Griswold.
As Presiding Bishop, Griswold conveyed a palpable distaste for Christianity, in his demeanor as well as in his words. He once gave a Christmas eve homily at my parish in which he promoted Eastern religions,—we don’t want to be exclusively Christian, you see, especially on Christmas—and said that God loves us just as we are, fat and sloppy. I was too disgusted to go up to him at the end of the service to tell him what I thought of him, but if I had, I would have said: “Since you don’t believe in Christianity, why don’t you get another job? Why do you have to destroy Christianity from within?”
Here is a response to Schori’s election from the American Anglican Council, the group of Episcopalian clerics who have been protesting the ordination of Robinson and seeking to get the EC NO USA to return to the biblical basis of Christianity or else face schism in the American church.
A Statement from the American Anglican Council on the Election of the Episcopal Church’s 26th Presiding Bishop
For Immediate Release
The House of Deputies has confirmed the election of the Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori as the 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. We feel sorrow for her, as she inherits the tragedy of a fractured church that has lost its sense of mission and lost touch with its grassroots. She must also deal with the failed episcopacy of Frank Griswold, a legacy that will be difficult to overcome. We will pray earnestly for Presiding Bishop-elect Jefferts Schori as she prepares to take this new position.
What signal does this choice send to the faithful in the pew and to the Anglican Communion worldwide? The election of Presiding Bishop-elect Jefferts Schori only intensifies the current trajectory of the Episcopal Church.
At the 2003 General Convention, Jefferts Schori voted against Resolution B001, which sought to affirm basic tenets of faith, including the authority of Holy Scripture; voted for the consecration of V. Gene Robinson; and is on record for her support of the blessings of same-sex unions. Jefferts Schori’s election will obviously present problems for those who do not recognize the ordination of women priests.
In addition, she is the least experienced of all the nominees, having been ordained a priest in 1994 and consecrated as bishop of Nevada in 2001.
In her tenure as Bishop of Nevada, Jefferts Schori encouraged passage of a diocesan resolution to approve ceremonies to “celebrate relationships of mutuality and fidelity between same-sex couples.” She served as a member of the Special Commission on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, which produced inadequate resolutions in response to the Windsor Report. In a press conference following her election and confirmation, she noted her support of same-sex blessings. Her election sends a clear message to the Anglican Communion that her leadership will continue the revisionist agenda of the Episcopal Church.
While key resolutions on regret and moratoria remain unresolved, the election of Jefferts Schori illustrates the fact that two churches exist under one roof with irreconcilable differences.