Aug 3, 2008

Our Lady of Walsingham, Bigot Bishop and Orombi vs Gods "Colonial" RAINBOW Arch*

Our Lady of Walsingham
Originally uploaded by Lawrence OP

"That’s the spirit, Bishop Bigot. Let’s hate everybody"

By Rod Liddle

"Like many of you, I suspect, I have been wondering who Jesus Christ would have liked least, Africans or homosexuals. Most of the available evidence suggests He would have found it a pretty close call, all things considered. By “available evidence”, I mean the most eminently flexible of texts, the Bible.

I had intended to take advice and guidance from the 2008 Lambeth Conference, that convocation of extravagantly bearded men in purple dresses, but it was like soliciting advice from a tub of margarine. When an issue of principle hove into view, the prelates ducked and pretended it hadn’t been raised at all. I don’t know what our Lord would have made of that. I suspect He would have sniggered and then maybe headed off to the wilderness once again.

Certainly, bits of the Bible seem pretty clear on the issue of homosexuality - smite, smite and smite again until there are no buggers left standing, seems to be the general gist. I refer you to Corinthians and Romans, for starters. This is the view of that upstanding Christian Henry Luke Orombi, the Archbishop of Uganda, who boycotted the conference in case he had to take communion somewhere near a poof, or somewhere near someone who didn’t mind poofs. “I do not think there is a debate,” said Orombi. “When God gives His word, you either take it or leave it.”

Well, quite, a good point well made. The trouble is, God also made his position pretty clear about black people in the curse-of-Ham passage in Genesis. Or, at least, that is what a very large number of Christian church leaders thought back in the 19th century, to the extent that in the Church of the Latter Day Saints, for example, black people were not allowed to be ordained as bishops for many years.

Today the supposed message of the curse of Ham has about as much relevance to the wider world as a meeting of the General Synod and is cleaved to only by a few wacko evangelical bigots storing up their cans of weedkiller in an Oklahoma basement. This, however, is the problem when you follow Orombi's somewhat literal interpretation of what God likes and doesn't like. Orombi has extended his attack from homosexuals to Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and indeed the entire edifice of the Anglican church, which he has called a "remnant of British colonialism". A remnant of British civility and decency, might be more to the point.

I cannot see our Lord getting on too well with Orombi, either. This pig-headed and vengeful cleric has conducted a campaign of persecution against the one decent bishop – or former bishop – his country has. Christopher Ssenyonjo, a heterosexual who believes that the church should at least talk to queers, has been vilified, defrocked and even threatened with arrest by Orombi for challenging his diktat.

Meanwhile, the godforsaken branch of the Anglican communion in Nigeria has just thrown its weight behind a government act that outlaws both homosexuality and indeed anyone who has a good word to say about homosexuality. Get caught listening to a Judy Garland CD in downtown Lagos and you could find yourself in prison for five years, with the local Christian church entirely in favour of your punishment.

The Anglican church has accustomed itself lately to worrying far too much about schisms and too little about the notion of what it stands for and what it represents. The bishops gathered in Canterbury might have had their memories tweaked to this effect when, last week, one of the Pope’s little minions, one Walter Kasper, sent them the following message: homosexuality is “disordered behaviour that must be condemned”. Kasper then chucked in a couple of broadsides about women as well, just in case anyone thought the Catholic church was merely homophobic and not a proud bastion of misogyny, too.

The first schism was no bad thing, the bishops might consider. And a second one might be just as uplifting."

* Our Lady of Walsingham

Our Lady, as she is venerated at Walsingham, is depicted as a simple woman, a mother. She is seated on the throne of Wisdom, in the midst of the Church which is represented by the two pillars symbolic of the Gate of Heaven, with seven rings to signify the seven sacraments and the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. THE ARCHED BACK OF THE THRONE REMINDS US OF THE RAINBOW WHICH WAS SET AS A SIGN OF GOD'S FIDELITY TO HIS CREATION Our Lady is clothed in the blue of divinity, the white of motherhood and the red of virginity. In her hand she holds a lily-sceptre with three blooms because she was virginal before, during and after the Saviour’s birth. As the Woman of the New Creation, the New Eve, she crushes beneath her feet a toadstone, symbolic of the power of evil. As the Queen of Heaven and of England, her Dowry, she is crowned with a Saxon crown. On his mother’s knee is the child Jesus who, as the Word of God made Flesh, holds the book of the Gospels. He extends his right arm in a double gesture of blessing and protection of his mother.

(all CAPS, my emphasis, LR)


Fred Schwartz said...

Where is mercy? Is it a requirement that a person stay home on the day of the class that they talked about mercy in order to be consecrated a bishop?

Bonnie said...

Hi Leonardo--I am really sad reading this. I see on your sidebar under ex-gay watch that the 18 year old man who was brutally beaten on July 25th died on August 2nd from his injuries.

Prayers for his parents, friends and family members.

cany said...

And still no sign of regret for the harm done. sigh.

If it were not for the emphasis on the episcopacy, it would almost seem lgbt people are invisible to Lambeth, and the group, and the crimes against same tolerable.

and what both fred and bonnie said.

in a statement i read from bruno, however, he intends to continue to include lgbt people in all things.

now we wait a year until convention to see what our national church's pulse is. one looooong year.

Leonardo Ricardo said...

Michael Causer of Whiston, near Liverpool, England is wasn't a LOVE crime it was a HATE crime and I suggest the Archbishop of Canterbury figure out the difference between LOVE and being a accomplice to MURDER by exluding LGBT Christians at all levels of Churchlife...but, further, I suggest the ABC stop supporting the deadly, to LGBT Anglicans, regimes of Akinola, Orombi and others in Africa and get his head out of his bungling...!

fs said...

I can't understand these people.

May they wake up someday and cease their evil. In the meantime, prayers for their victims, and may justice rain down on all who perpetrate this harm.