Episcopalians can be a rich treasure trove of self-parody.
They just keep pushing those cusp issues so that they can stay in the news… thus, confirming their existence.
I was sent this story:
INDIANAPOLIS, IN: Bishops go Transgender at GC2012
By David W. Virtue in Indianapolis
The Episcopal Church is on the brink of modifying its stand on human sexuality that will make it the first denomination in history to publicly recognize a small group of men and women who have had a sex change operation as eligible for ordained ministry. [Hang on... if you are a male, they can ordain you and if you are female, they can ordain you. Soooo... if you are a male who defines himself as female... what difference does it make?]
An array of liberal and revisionist Episcopal bishops spoke up on Resolution D002 arguing that no person shall be denied access to the discernment process for any ministry, lay or ordained, in this Church because of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disabilities or age, except as otherwise provided by these Canons. No right to licensing, ordination, or election is hereby established. [Could this really be a move away fro speciesism?]
Only two orthodox bishops, Mark Lawrence of South Carolina and Bill Love of Albany expressed any disapproval.
Speaking against the resolution, Lawrence said the [church] had entered into a time of “individualized Eros.” [Imagine the stunning level of theological discourse they must have had in this meeting.]
[Get this!] Mark Andrus, Bishop of California, told Bishop Waldo that the confusion is why it should be approved. The resolution passed. [LOL!]
Don’t you wish there were videos of all this on YouTube?
This is way beyond the hermeneutic of rupture and well into the hermeneutic of “make-it-up-as-you-go”.
Mark Andrus, Bishop of California, told Bishop Waldo that the confusion is why it should be approved. The resolution passed.
Didn’t Archbishop Nancy Pelosi of the American Patriotic Catholic Church say something similar about Pope Barack’s (The First Gay President’s) Obamacare? “We need to pass it so we can understand what’s in it!”
I hope the LCWR invites Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori to address their annual assembly on the subject of the right of the transgendered to priestly ordination.