Skip to comments.LA Episcopal diocese elects first woman bishop
Posted on 12/05/2009 1:39:46 PM PST by NYer
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles elected the first female bishop in its 114-year history Friday but ended voting for the day with one of two openly gay candidates still vying for the second bishop's position.
Rev. Diane M. Jardine Bruce, rector of St. Clement's-By-The-Sea Episcopal Church in San Clemente, was elected Friday at the diocese's annual convention to replace one of two retiring assistant bishops.
Bruce, who was elected in the convention's third ballot, is a former bank executive who has spent the past 12 years working as a priest in Orange County.
Voting for the second spot did not produce a winner Friday and balloting will continue Saturday.
The election has garnered national attention because two of the six candidates vying for the vacant positions are openly gay. One of those candidates, the Rev. John L. Kirkley of San Francisco, withdrew late Friday.
The other, the Rev. Mary D. Glasspool, of Baltimore, was one of the top two vote-getters in the first two rounds of balloting for the second position and is considered a favorite.
If elected, she would be the first openly gay bishop since Bishop V. Gene Robinson was chosen in New Hampshire in 2003. Robinson's win six years ago led dozens of conservative parishes and four dioceses to vote to leave the 2.1-million member U.S. denomination and pushed the 77 million-member Anglican fellowship to the brink of schism.
It is hard, however, to know what impact the selection of a second gay bishop would have on the church today. The Episcopal Church is the U.S. branch of Anglicanism.
The majority of Anglicans outside the United States are theological conservatives.
Within the United States, breakaway traditionalists have formed the Anglican Church in North America as a rival to the Episcopal Church.
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If women can be priests and, in this case, bishops, then men should be allowed to become nuns.
This movement to make the roles of men and women the same is just nutty. Imho, of course.
One of the funniest men in the world.
These people either do not read the real Bible, or are intentially subverting it.
Doubling down on stupid is almost NEVER a good idea!
Should be lots of church property on the market soon, Lambda Legal needs the cash.
Good scam. Too bad the good people in the church couldn't stop it.
Door Number 2
Dragging down the Church with Sin
“For me, this means we must work to ensure that every person, regardless of gender, race, creed or sexual orientation, has equal access to education, gainful employment, health care, housing, and live in places free of toxins in the air and in the ground, and finally to live in peace. In addition, in the case of Christians, all the sacraments and sacramental rites of the church must be equally accessible to all. This firm belief defines and forms my ministry today.”
Diane M. Jardine Bruce
That so truee yeah NYER LOL!
If women can become priest can men become nuns LOL!
Wow ... she really said that? Is she running for President as well?
I am so glad that my diocese (Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin) broke off from the national Episcopal Church.
I am rather fond of Anglican worship and it is nice to not even have to deal with the female priest problem, to say nothing about gay clergy. We've even ended up maintaining possession of our parish churches so far, much to the chagrin of ECUSA.
Here's to hoping that we can keep it up.