Bishop Rowan, right vs. wrong and his deadly game of religious PRETEND
¨In response to the news that Mary Glasspool has received the necessary consents to become bishop suffragan for Los Angeles, there has been a brief and somewhat vague statement from Lambeth Palace¨:
¨It is regrettable that the appeals from Anglican Communion bodies for continuing gracious restraint have not been heeded. Following the Los Angeles election in December the archbishop made clear that the outcome of the consent process would have important implications for the communion. The Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion reiterated these concerns in its December resolution which called for the existing moratoria to be upheld. Further consultation will now take place about the implications and consequences of this decision.¨
¨The consequences? How about a church that will not justify bigotry in the name of God? How about a church that strives to be a place for all the baptized? How about a church that seeks to raise up leaders that are clearly called by God, without placing artificial stumbling blocks in their way?
Yes, there will be consequences. Thanks be to God.¨
Father Jake Stops the World: Lambeth Response, HERE
The Reverend Canon Mark Harris at PRELUDIUM
¨Whatever his next steps, the Archbishop needs to remember one thing... one little thing.
Asking for "continuing gracious restraint," is insulting and patronizing.
PRELUDIUM: Gracious Restraint again! HERE
Rowan Williams worries more about Gay Bishops than Murder
¨We knew it would come sooner than later. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, would surely issue a statement about our church’s consent to Mary Glasspool to serve as a bishop in the Diocese of Los Angeles.
Mind you, he took weeks and weeks and months to speak out against legislation that would execute gay/lesbian people in Africa. Much pressure was exerted on him, and he ignored all that pressure. He said he needed to study the situation and be sensitive to it. He needed months to speak out against legislation that would authorize the murder of gay Christians in Africa. He said he was being sensitive to their cultural realities...¨
My Manner of Life: Rowan Williams Worries More about Gay Bishops than Murder, HERE
The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize-winning Anglican religious leader.
There's Nothing Regrettable About LGBT Clergy
Archbishop Rowan Williams, the head of the worldwide Anglican Church, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning spiritual leader from South Africa, are both renowned global leaders when it comes to issues of faith. But when it comes to the subject of the dignity and value of LGBT clergy, both couldn't be further apart.
This week, the U.S. Episcopal Church elected Rev. Mary Glasspool to become an auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of Los Angeles. Rev. Glasspool is openly lesbian, and her election as a bishop will make some historical waves. She will become only the second openly LGBT bishop in the country (behind New Hampshire's Bishop Gene Robinson), and the first woman to be elected bishop in Los Angeles.
While much of the U.S. Episcopalian Church welcomed the announcement that Rev. Glasspool would soon be changing the prefix before her name to Bishop, Archbishop Williams greeted the news with cynicism and sadness. He called Rev. Glasspool's election as bishop "regrettable."
"It is regrettable that the appeals from Anglican Communion bodies for continuing gracious restraint have not been heeded," the Archbishop said via statement.
The "restraint" that Archbishop Williams references is his desire to see the U.S. Episcopalian Church hold off on electing openly LGBT bishops. It's a hot-button issue, he contends, that is dividing the Church in ways that may shatter the Church's global cohesion.
At least that's one way of looking at it. Another way of looking at it would be that Rev. Glasspool brings a range of talents and gifts as Bishop that have absolutely nothing to do with her sexual orientation. Should she be punished simply because of who she loves?
And that's where Archbishop Desmond Tutu comes in. Last week, in a question and answers jam session with TIME Magazine, Tutu said that LGBT clergy offer the Church a vast array of gifts. Tutu said it was his duty as a person of faith to support them.
"If I don't support them, why support the appointment of any other person? Their sexuality is as much a part of who they are as my race is. They don't choose it. I don't choose it," Tutu said.
What a teachable moment. While the leader of the worldwide Anglican Church greets the news of a lesbian bishop by issuing a statement of regret, Tutu takes sexual orientation off the table, and boils us all down to our common basic humanity. And when you view everyone through that lens, what does it matter whether they are gay, straight, black, white, male or female?
Meanwhile, the official bishop of Los Angeles, Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno, challenged Archbishop Williams' assertion that Rev. Mary Glasspool would be a huge regret for the Church. Instead, Bruno said that God works in mysterious ways. And sometimes those ways are by bringing openly gay people to the seats of power within our institutions.
"I'm overjoyed," Bruno said. "We're going to go ahead with a fabulous ordination and consecration ... and we're going to celebrate the fact that just action has occurred." He then added that it might just be the Holy Spirit's doing, placing Rev. Glasspool in a position of church leadership, with the blessing of most of her U.S. peers.
There's simply nothing regrettable about seeing LGBT clergy become more prominent in houses of faith across this country, and throughout the globe. The only thing regrettable is that in some corners of the world, religious folks would rather focus on who a person loves rather than who a person is.¨ HERE
·Thanks to Father Jake, sidebar
·Thanks to The Reverend Mark Harris
·Thanks to Preludium, sidebar
·Thanks to The Reverend Terry Martin
·Thanks to My Manner of Life,sidebar
·Thanks to Lisa Fox
·Thanks to Change.Org, sidebar
·Thanks to Archbishop Desmond Tutu
·Thanks to Time Magazine
·Thanks to Bishop Jon Bruno, Los Angeles
·Thanks to Michael A. Jones
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