Skip to comments.Confirmation of lesbian as Episcopal bishop causes regret in Canterbury
Posted on 03/19/2010 10:06:12 AM PDT by NYer
.- On Wednesday, the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles reported the approval of the election of Mary Douglas Glasspool as their first openly partnered lesbian assistant bishop. The decision drew sharply contrasting reactions from those within the Episcopal community, including dissatisfaction from the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.
Glasspool, 56, was elected bishop in December of last year but had to wait for consent from the Office of the Episcopal Church, which was confirmed yesterday. Upon hearing of her election confirmation, Glasspool was reported by the LA diocese as being overjoyed and profoundly grateful.
I am also aware that not everyone rejoices in this election and consent, and will work, pray, and continue to extend my own hands and heart to bridge those gaps, and strengthen the bonds of affection among all people, in the Name of Jesus Christ, Glasspool said on Wednesday.
Bishop John Bruno of Los Angeles issued a statement praising the confirmation of both Glasspool and colleague Diane Jardine Bruce as assistant bishops, saying that the standing committees and bishops involved have joined the Diocese of Los Angeles in recognizing and affirming the many gifts and skills of these highly qualified and experienced clerics.
On Thursday, however, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams emailed a statement to the Episcopal News Service from Lambeth Palace, saying, it is regrettable that the appeals from Anglican Communion bodies for continuing gracious restraint have not been heeded.
Archbishop Williams had previously reacted in December to Glasspool's initial election and said at the time that the outcome of the consent process would have important implications for the communion and that (f)urther consultation will now take place about the implications and consequences of this decision.
Bishop David C. Anderson, President and CEO of the American Anglican Council, issued a statement echoing the concern of the Archbishop of Canterbury and going one step further. What this means is the majority of The Episcopal Church's leaders - down to the diocesan level throughout America - are exercising no restraint as requested by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the primates of the Anglican Communion.
Despite pleas to the contrary, they have given their consent for a partnered lesbian to become a bishop, not just for Los Angeles, but for the whole church, the bishop added.
Unfortunately, he continued, this comes as no surprise because The Episcopal Church, at its General Convention this summer, voted in favor of allowing dioceses to determine whether they will conduct same sex blessings using whatever rites they deem appropriate. Even if The Episcopal Church should eventually decide to sign an Anglican Covenant, it has shown time and time again that it will not abide by traditional Christian and Anglican Communion teaching on marriage and sexuality.
Jeff Walton, director of the Institute on Religion and Democracy's Anglican Action Program, also weighed in on the issue Thursday. Glasspool's election is unfortunate because she has unapologetically taken sexual expression outside of the God-ordained boundary of Holy Matrimony. In the view of the wider Anglican Communion, this practice makes her unqualified to serve in the role of a bishop.
Walton added that Glasspool's election is the next step in the Episcopal Church's liberalizing trajectory. After revoking a moratorium on the consecration of non-celibate homosexual bishops during its July General Convention, the denomination made clear that it was going to proceed on this route, despite protests from other Anglicans.
Consent to Glasspool's election by the Episcopal Church shows how little the U.S. - based denomination cares about what other parts of the global Anglican Communion believe, asserted the IRD director, adding, The majority of the Episcopal Church is increasingly practicing a separate faith than what most worldwide Anglicans practice.
Walton also noted that Glasspool's election and consecration comes at the same time as the Episcopal Church reports steep declines in attendance. Interestingly, the traditionalist Anglican Church in North America (AC-NA) has added 100 new congregations since July.
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she has unapologetically taken sexual expression outside of the God-ordained boundary of Holy Matrimony.
In the end the Episcopal Church will just fade away. It’s a dying church. The average congregant is over 65 and they aren’t getting any youth. Same with many of the old mainline but now superliberal churches. Even the Catholic Church is getting more conservative overall since the liberal element which got so powerful in the Catholic and Protestant churches in the 60’s and 70’s are dying off. You don’t need church and a lot of boring ritual to tell you it’s OK to do whatever you want to do. And the youth using the church for social objectives are all going to the rock band circus churches these days. In 15 years the PCUSA, ELCA and ECUSA and probably many of the Methodists will be all but gone. The Baptist, Pentacostal and nondemnominationals will be larger than they are now.
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I left the Episcopal “Church” over ten years ago and have never looked back. They are bringing on their own self-destruction and deserve it.
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>> You dont need church and a lot of boring ritual
I was always OK with the “boring ritual”; the thing that drove me batty was the “prayers of the people”. For the love of Peter, once you got on the prayer list, did you ever think to take yourself off it? No. And why drone on EVERY service reading all those names - slowly? I can read; they’re in the bulletin.
That grand lady of my childhood with her smells, bells and magnificent translations of German hymns. She sweetly welcomed me back to her 30 years ago. Poof - she’s gone. Now nothing but a trashy “fag hag” crewed to the gills by socialist misfits and “women in comfortable shoes” (as Robin Williams says) is all that remains. Lord, how I miss what she was.
That and also the prayers for the President, Congress, the Governor, the Bishops, the Ministers, etc. We know who these people are too. No where does it say you have to call out these people by name.
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