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Bishop and Pawn [CT6]
RatherNotBlog ^ | 8/14/2005 | RatherNot

Posted on 08/14/2005 7:59:47 AM PDT by sionnsar

Back now in the States, I have been attending to my wife’s medical and emotional needs and my own need for a break before classes begin by visiting family and driving around old haunts in God’s country (i.e., upstate New York). While thus relaxing, I came across an account of the goings on between bishop Andrew Smith of the Diocese of Connecticut, Fr. Mark Hansen, and the parish of St. John’s, Bristol in the August 7 edition of The Living Church.

Readers can, if they wish, brush up on the details by reading the account themselves, or by going to titusonenine and using the search engine, or reading David Virtue’s website, or whatever. I only want to draw attention to two paragraphs in the news story published in The Living Church, wherein the appointment of Ms. Susan McCone as priest-in-charge by bishop Smith is described.

The vestry disputed the charges proffered by Bishop Smith against Fr. Hansen, objected to his having acted without consultation with vestry or in conformance to canon law, and questioned the propriety of appointing Ms. McCone.

Ms. McCone, they argued, held views “diametrically opposed” to those of the congregation, citing her roll [sic] as executive director of Affirming Catholicism, and advocacy work within the Church. The vestry, Mr. Witt said, objected to her use of the term “religious right” to characterize traditionalist views and was disturbed by her published remarks that the Episcopal Church should leave the Anglican Communion rather than conform to wider Church’s teachings on human sexuality. Ms. McCone declined to speak with TLC when contacted at St. John’s on July 18.

Now The Living Church, in an editorial (“Heavy-Handed Action”), does its best to give both sides of the story, mentioning various issues between the diocese and the parish that might give a patina of justification for the bishop’s coup d’église (e.g., money owed to the diocese on an outstanding loan, whether or not proper procedure was followed for Fr. Hansen’s sabbatical, etc.). However, the appointment of Ms. McCone surely ought to be a sign, if any were needed, of just what is going on here. I am no mind reader, but I can imagine only three possible mental scenarios.

1 – The bishop just didn’t think, i.e., he really did not care about the life of the parish and, with nary a whiff of concern for the feelings of the majority of the parishioners – members of his flock, let us remember, for whose spiritual well-being he shares responsibility – he simply picked the first name that came into his head. It is no surprise that this should be someone whose views on the issues of the day mirror his own.

2 – The bishop actually tried to find someone who might be more-or-less acceptable to the people of St. John’s, but was unable to find anyone with any integrity who would participate in the bishop’s mugging of the parish.

3 – The bishop saw what appeared to be a brilliant chess move – at a stroke, he could lance the boil of resistance within the diocese, advance the revisionist sexual agenda, and enjoy sticking that agenda in the face of the parish, the diocese, and the wider church through the person of Ms. McCone, who gives about as good an illustration of the meaning of “pawn” as I can imagine.

If anyone out there can come up with another plausible possibility, please post it here.

One other note: Alistair Highet has written a column in The Hartford Advocate giving his views of the whole “Connecticut Six” situation. To be fair, he actually raises a legitimate point or two, and I urge readers to check out his comments. However, one passage caught my eye, something that pretty much sums up the entire nature of the dispute within Connecticut, ECUSA, and indeed the Anglican Communion as a whole (emphasis mine):

Truth may be revealed, but it is always subject to the reasoned reflection of those within the Church as it moves through time. It isn’t a static thing.

As I have pointed out before, “truth” by its very nature is, in fact, “static” (a buzz word if ever there was one). Only the objects of truth change. In other words, if a truth – something that is, so to speak, truly true – is revealed, then of necessity it remains the same, unless some other truth is revealed that somehow cancels out the former truth. Just what Mr. Highet’s source of fresh revelation is, however, we are not told. Perhaps someday Mr. Highet can elaborate in print on his particular pipeline to fresh visions from the Almighty.

TOPICS: Mainline Protestant
KEYWORDS: connecticut; ct6; ecusa; homosexualagenda

1 posted on 08/14/2005 7:59:47 AM PDT by sionnsar
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2 posted on 08/14/2005 8:00:46 AM PDT by sionnsar (†† || Trad-Ang Ping: I read the dreck so you don't have to || Iran Azadi)
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I will posit another explanation....the Bisphop has been celebrating the Euchatrist, but because of a severe drop in attendance whenever and where ever he appears, he has of neccessity had to consume copious amounts of undrunk communion wine. Over the last few months, he has, in effect, been in a near perpetual state of BLOTTO...and it has obviously impaired his judgement...

Tell me if I should submit this...?

3 posted on 08/14/2005 9:13:15 AM PDT by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to pass on her gene pool....any volunteers?)
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4 posted on 08/14/2005 1:59:48 PM PDT by sionnsar (†† || Trad-Ang Ping: I read the dreck so you don't have to || Iran Azadi)
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