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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Monday, February 12, 2007

An interesting quote in the Living Church

In an article in the February 18th edition of The Living Church there is an recap of the Diocese of Washington (DC) Convention. Two interesting resolutions were direct pokes at the Traditionalists in the Church (here and Communion-wide).

One was to instruct the Primates to 'graciously welcome' the ECUSA Presiding Bishop, something not most welcome by Primates around the world who do not like her revisionist theology. The proposer (Fr. Frank Wade) said her views are no different than the last two PB's, and "I think the issue is her gender and not theology". Of course, a woman as bishop is an issue of theology, but I am disappointed the Primates didn't/coulding do enough to stop her predecessors as well!

The resolution that was tabled was one to chide the Archbishop of Canterbury for inviting non-Primates from American to tell the truth about the dire situation in the Church (of course, they don't word it that way) which they say "diminishes the importance of the presence of our Presiding Bishop" and to question 'whether continued membership in the Anglican Communion is any longer beneficial to the Episcopal Church.'

The interesting quote is from the proposer of the resolution, who said, "This is not a resolution dissing the Archbishop of Canterbury. I'm a great admirer of his scholarship, not his leadership. The Episcopal Church is being chastised and marginalized...and I don't like it."

First - who uses the word "dissing" anymore. Didn't hat go out during the Iran-Contra Hearings?
Secondly - if my children formed a complaint like this quote, I would remind them that whining will get them no where in life! Of course, it might be proceeded with a "Wahhh" sound effect.
Chastised and marginalized? Wow, sometimes we have to be responsible for the consequences of our actions to the entire Communion. Whether our continued membership in the communion is beneficial might be a mute point if the Southern/Eastern Primates get their say.