Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 52 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Sunday, June 25, 2006

How the secular media gets it wrong

It is disheartening to watch how the secular media (with minds on earthly things) doesn't understand biblical Anglicanism. One local paper recently did a fluff piece on a local Episcopal priest, devoting a portion to his unrepentant homosexuality. Coverage of the General Convention has been topical at best.

This morning Detroit Free Press columnist Brian Dickerson had a weekly news quiz, including a simplified choice of why the new Presiding Bishop elect is not acceptable to traditional Anglicans. Below is the question, his choice of answer, and my emailed reponse to him.
5. Some European and African members of the worldwide Anglican Communion threatened to break with the group's American branch, Episcopal Church USA, after the latter elected Nevada Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori as its next leader. Non-American Anglicans are upset about her selection because: D. She's a woman.

Brian - this over simplifies a very complex issue. It is much bigger than just her gender. She is a rampant supporter of a non-biblical view of human sexuality and is so deficient in her basic theological understanding of scripture that her first sermon as Presiding Bishop elect refered to Our Lord as MOTHER JESUS. In light of the dozens of other wrong theological things she has preached or published in the last 12 years, which puts her directly in conflict with the demands for accountibility made by the worldwide leaders of our Anglican Communion, her gender just a small portion of the problem with her election.