The new presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, USA, was installed over the weekend. I found these observations by an Episcopalian who also happens to be a Naval aviator to be amusing and interesting.
I don’t think it’s the fact that our recent bishop-elect (and now national primus inter pares) is a woman.
I don’t think it’s the fact that, among all our clerisy in a tradition that dates back 50 decades, she’s been ordained for scarcely 10 years, and a bishop for barely five - the bishop of Nevada, to be precise. A backwater micro-culture entirely unrepresentative of the national church.
I don’t think it’s the fact that she’s a “liberal, pro-gay feminist” who voted for Gene Robinson, the duly elected Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire, a gay man in a committed relationship with a partner to whom - canon law being what it is - he cannot marry.
He goes on with several more “I don’t think” examples, and then tells you the real reason he’s seriously thinking about jumping the Tiber and entering the Catholic Church: It’s the hat.
I’m sorry to tell him we have ugly vestments here in the Catholic Church, too, but at least we don’t have the other baloney.
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