Tuesday, February 06, 2007

An Open Letter to Our Bishops

     I urge the Network-related bishops of The Episcopal Church as well as others to communicate publicly to the primates opposed to seating our Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori at the upcoming primates’ meeting  a demand that she be seated and be treated with the same deference and courtesy these primates ask for themselves.
     I urge you, as well, to remind the primates who support you that this treatment of Katharine Jefferts Schori is shameful behavior for any ordained or lay person. We live by the words of Jesus, not Dick Cheney.

     Jesus accorded the woman at the well and the woman taken in adultery more consideration and courtesy than these primates are according the elected leader of our church.

     If you remain silent, you are complicit in this shameful behavior -- and surely, once such behavior is countenanced, it will come back to inflict terrible damage on you, once you are out of step with this kind of ecclesiastical arrogance.

     Our church which nurtured you, confirmed and ordained and consecrated you and has provided you with your theological education and your opportunity to serve God as Bishop, deserves this from you.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh dear, shall we fetch Kate a fainting couch?

Surely deference and courtesy, but those social graces should not preclude frank and blunt conversations with her and, if she remains defiant in her heresies, ejection from the conference. She and her "church" have made thrusting a thumb into the eye of the Communion a cottage industry, so appealing to the Primates to hang fire is a trifle rich.