Writers for the Fishwrap (aka National Sodomitic Reporter) and Amerika type Jesuits want us to become like these forward-looking, progressives whom they so idolize.
This was sent by a friend. Here’s a smattering with my emphases and comments.
From American Conservative:
Spin Of The Year [Accompanied by a pic of their lesbian president in a band collar giving a 2009 abortion blessing at a gathering of NOW.]
By ROD DREHER
Via the Episcopal News Service, a press release revealing that the ultramegaliberal Episcopal Divinity School is winding things down:
Episcopal Divinity School will cease to grant degrees at the end of the upcoming academic year, the seminary’s board of trustees decided July 21 on a 11-4 vote. During the next year, the board will explore options for EDS’s future, some of which were suggested by a specially convened Futures Task Force to make plans for EDS’s future.
“A school that has taken on racism, sexism, heterosexism, and multiple interlocking oppressions is now called to rethink its delivery of theological education in a new and changing world,” said the Very Rev. Gary Hall ’76, chairman of the board, in introducing the resolution. “Ending unsustainable spending is a matter of social justice.” [ROFL!]
Translation: “Having abandoned anything to do with orthodox Christianity, we find that we have made ourselves completely irrelevant. If we spin our theological and financial bankruptcy as a sign of our virtue, maybe we won’t look so bad.”
A sampling of courses from the current EDS catalogue:
HB CS 4152 Liberating Bible Interpretations, Antiracist, and White Identity: Approaches to Reading Scripture
What makes an interpretation of the Bible liberating? For whom? When? Where? We will explore how various stages of racial identity development and awareness present challenges to our reading of the texts and each other, in order to develop antiracist and other anti-oppression strategies for preaching and teaching from scripture. Critical Race Theory and Critical White Studies shall inform our primary focus on racial identity of “white” readers while also looking at other culturally dominant features of identity in the interpretive process of biblical texts. G
PT L 1420 Unleashing Our Voices: Voice, Identity, and Leadership
A course for the courageous, [a course for the already convinced] who wish to explore first-hand [oh dear] the liberatory [sic] and transformative power of their voices in community. Using the classroom community as a laboratory, the course will combine: (1) practical work on voice production and the body/mind/soul as human instrument with (2) in-class discussion and small team exploration of readings on voice, identity/community membership, and leadership. Voice work will include group exercises for freeing the body and voice, as well as individual work in front of the group using prepared spoken texts and/or sung pieces. Readings will be drawn from writings on the physical voice and voice as an element of social location from womanist, feminist, anti-white supremacist, and other anti-oppression perspectives. Participants will engage questions of voice and power in pastoral, liturgical, theological, educational, and spiritual contexts. [Honestly, I just had a flashback to a particular course in my first year of seminary. This could have been a description of the agenda of two of the members of the team that taught the nightmare called “Liturgy Colloquium”. One of them even told our class that she wanted us to crawl around on the floor like cats and meow, to introduce ourselves to the chapel by shouting, “HELLOOOO CHAPELLLLL!” A kind of hideous “hello kitty” moment. That day I introduced myself to the door of the chapel and then the sidewalk outside the chapel, and then my car door….]
L 3020 Challenging the Liturgical Traditions, Postcolonial, and Queer Perspectives
A critical exploration of intersections between a cluster of contemporary theologies—for example, feminist, queer, postcolonial, “child theology”—and liturgical theology and practice. [Yep… it’s a “cluster” alright.]
T PT 2165 Mission, Ministry, and Sacraments: Re-visioning the Church Inside-Out
This course seeks to construct a theology of the church the essential nature of which is its “inside-turned-outness” for the life of the world. In the light of this basic stance of a church as a people—externally focused and God’s- Reign oriented—a theological re-visioning of the central elements of the church’s sacramental life, worship, wit- ness, [sic – I’m sure they mean “wit-less”] and ministry is undertaken. [Putting “… is undertaken” at the end like that makes it sound smarter than it is.] A central question is how we can recover [get this…] the basic calling of the church to be a sign and instrument of a God-intended “alternative humanity” and an [George Soros style] agent of transformation in a world characterized by oppressive, exclusivist, and fragmenting forces. [Watch for code…] Faith-filled resistance, compassionate solidarity, and creative hope shall serve as significant categories in such a re-visioning. Participants will explore the practical and pastoral implications of such a re-visioning for the empowerment of local congregations [wait for it….] as change agents.
Go there for more descriptions of alluring courses.
And that, ladies and gentlemen… and undecided… is how it’s done. That’s how to destroy a church… well… ecclesial community. That’s what libs want to do to us.
That’s Reason #86774 for Summorum Pontificum and hard-identity Catholicism.