Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 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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Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Friday, January 12, 2007

A couple of GREAT saints this week!

With all the highly publicized legal wrangling going on between parishes/dioceses in the Episcopal Church recently, it was interesting to see what two bishop-saints we commemorated at the Masses at St. John's this week.

St. Hilary (which in ancient times was a man's name) was one of only two bishops in all of what is now France to hold the fullness of the catholic faith, when all the rest of the bishops were arians and semi-arians (heretics). Hilary was right, but in the minority so he was voted out and sent into exile. He was eventually exhonorated and returned to his See. His most famous convert was St. Martin of Tours.
Take heart Traditionalist Bishops in ECUSA - you can be right and in the minority and voted out!

Bl. William Laud was S. King Charles I's Archbishop of Canterbury who was insistant on keeping the Church of England in the fullness of the catholic faith to which she was the legitimate heir in England. The Puritans sought a deeper 'reformation' that included the continuing self-interpretation of scripture which has eventually morphed into New England Liberal Congregationalism and Unitarianism (heresy). Bl. Wm. Laud was beheaded for his faithfulness - but of course he was right.
Take heart Traditionalist Bishops in ECUSA - others may gain earthly power over you, but that doesn't make them right.