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Posted on 06/18/2006 2:36:00 PM PDT by monkapotamus
ELECTION OF WOMAN PRESIDING BISHOP IS SLAP IN THE FACE AT GLOBAL SOUTH
By David W. Virtue
COLUMBUS, OH (6/18/2006)--The election of the Rt. Rev. Katherine Jefferts Schori, 52, the ninth Bishop of Nevada to be the 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, is a major league slap in the face at the Global South primates and bishops, most of whom do not even endorse women to the priesthood let alone to the episcopacy, and now they will have to contend with a woman ECUSA Presiding Bishop/Primate. Her election also goes against the spirit and intent of the Windsor Report.
To say this is a shock to the system doesn't touch it. A youth delegate to the House of Deputies, on hearing the news said, "If they are not ready, we are."
The voting was: Schori 95 (the minimum number needed), Henry Parsley, 82; Charles Jenkins 3, Stacy Sauls "the stripper" wannabe bishop got 0 as did Ted Gulick. Schori has never been the rector of a church, though she has been assistant rector at the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan in Corvallis, Oregon. She holds a Ph.D. in oceanography.
If the Anglican Communion wanted clarity, a word much bandied about here at this convention, they got it, in spades. Said an Anglican priest in the UK who phoned VOL on hearing the news; "The Episcopal Church just committed suicide."
Canon theologian Kendall Harmon from the Diocese of South Carolina said, "This is a shrinking (Episcopal) church and she (Schori) is in a booming state, and her diocese is not growing."
The Roman Catholic Church will not accept her, the great Orthodox churches of the East and West will not acknowledge her episcopacy and there are rumblings that the three Anglo-Catholic dioceses in the ECUSA - Quincy, Ft. Worth and San Joaquin - might pull out of The Episcopal Church. We shall see.
A spokesman for the American Anglican Council issued a statement saying, "We are grateful for the clarity that this vote demonstrates, sadly because Bishop Schori is against everything that Windsor is for."
Schori voted for the election of V. Gene Robinson, the openly homoerotic Bishop of New Hampshire (though she did not attend his consecration) and she supports same sex blessings.
Said the AAC spokesman; "She will bring into sharp relief the difference between being an Episcopalian and being an Anglican. It is not clear how she can do anything other than lead The Episcopal Church in walking apart from the rest of the Communion."
In her acceptance speech she said she was "awed and honored and privileged" at being elected and she hoped that her brother bishops will be blessed for their gifts and be strengthened. Schori said she gave "abiding thanks" for Frank Griswold and hoped he would "stay healthy." And that his gifts would be shared with the world. "May this great and greatly blessed church of ours be the vehicle and leader in building the reign of God in our day," she said.
Ready, ECUSA might be, but the consequences of her election will be history making and catastrophic.
As one orthodox bishop noted, "this is the best thing to have happened. We now have complete clarity. We now know what the church stands and where it is going. W should be grateful that clarity is complete. We will send the end of the church."
James Rosenthal, ACNS News Director, said the Archbishop of Canterbury will issue a statement tomorrow. VOL will post it immediately.
The Anglican priest is correct.
Please bear in mind that I have minimal knowledge of the Episcopal church.
I think she's a lesbian, too? Or am I thinking of a different recent ECUSA appointment?
I believe she is married and has children.
Her elections is not worse, but it compounds the apostasy. It is a slap in the face of Anglicans worldwide. And it truly marks the sealing of ECUSA's fate as a denomination.
I bet they are thinking that any criticism of this woman and her radical agenda can be deflected with a cry of "sexism" leveled at opponents.
COLUMBUS, OH: The Episcopal Church intends to walk alone
By Peter Toon
"The Anglican Communion is not ready for it, but we are," said a male member of the House of Deputies as he spoke in favor of the acceptance of the Bishop of Nevada, Mrs Katherine Jefferts Schori, who is to be the next Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the USA. Her election by the House of Bishops and confirmation by the House of Deputies was together a very clear sign that the Episcopal Church cares little for its relation with the Anglican Communion. This Church knows where it is going and it intends to get there and implement its full liberal, progressive agenda that may be called the New Episcopal Religion.
As Presiding Bishop, Mrs Jefferts Schori will have the task of being chief pastor of this mainline denomination, of commending and defending its teachings, especially its controversial ones in sexual ethics and ordination policies, and of initiating new mission and outreach in her Church. As she is enthusiastic about the innovations in progressive liberal religion of this Church, her domestic leadership will not be controversial, at least amongst the majority of Episcopalians. She is a very intelligent person and a good communicator and this will count for a lot in the USA.
Yet in representing the Episcopal Church to the Anglican provinces and their Primates overseas, at this time of crisis for the Communion, she will undoubtedly have a hard time, maybe an impossibly difficult time.
This prospect arises from two factors. First of all, she is an enthusiastic supporter of the consecration of Gene Robinson and of the blessing of same-sex couples, and is not apologetic about these things. In the second place, she is a woman whom the Episcopal Church has ordained deacon, priest and bishop and now elected as Chief Pastor, and there are still many provinces in the Anglican Communion, where a majority is opposed to the consecration of women as bishops, for they hold to the biblical doctrine of headship in family and church, and hold that only a man can be the icon of Christ at the altar.
Not only will she personally have great difficulties to face, but all bishops who are consecrated by her as the chief consecrator will also most probably face real problems. Nowhere else in the Communion is a woman the Archbishop or the Presiding Bishop of a province and so there are no bishops yet in existence who were consecrated by a woman as the chief consecrator. It is entirely possible that henceforth - at least for the next few years - bishops consecrated in the USA with Mrs Jefferts Schori as chief consecrator will only be acceptable in the USA as bishops. Certainly the Church of England, the mother church of the Communion, cannot as yet receive them as bishops for it does not yet have any women in the Episcopate. And this will be true of many other dioceses and most provinces.
Much has been written and said about how the Episcopal Church will respond to the requests of The Windsor Report. In a sense that response does not now matter all that much except for the record, as it were, now. For in this election of Mrs Jefferts Schori the Episcopal Church has very clearly stated that it is ready to, and actually chooses, to walk alone as a province. It is stating that it does not regard the historical "bonds of affection" of the Anglican Communion to be more important than the implementation of its New Episcopal Religion. It is not ready to slow down its agenda and its trajectory of innovation.
Turning now to the response to the request of The Windsor Report, it now seems most likely that the Convention will express regret for everything to do with the consecration of Gene Robinson except the actual consecration itself.
The final draft from the committee going to the House of Deputies reads:
"Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, that the 75th General Convention of The Episcopal Church, mindful of 'the repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation enjoined on us by Christ' (The Windsor Report paragraph 134), express its regret for breaching the proper constraints of the bonds of affection in the events surrounding the General Convention of 2003 and the consequences that followed; offer its sincerest apology to those within the Anglican Communion who are offended by our failure to accord sufficient importance to the impact of our actions on our church and other parts of the Communion; and ask forgiveness as we seek to live into deeper levels of communion one with another."
It is yet to be debated.
And in regard to a moratorium on further consecrations of actively gay persons and the blessing of same sex couples, it again appears that the Convention will attempt through carefully crated Resolutions to find a way to appear to be compliant to Windsor, while leaving open the possibility for each to occur if not today then tomorrow.
It seems clear on this day, Trinity I, that the Protestant Episcopal Church, which provided for the Anglican Communion the text of the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral for Church unity, has now decided to walk alone away from full life in the Anglican Communion! For liberal progressives this is a day of gladness, occurring on the 30th anniversary of the Convention's decision to ordain women, but for traditional Anglicans it is a day - indeed a week -- of great sadness, making nearly inevitable the speeding up of the separation of the Episcopal Church from the Anglican Communion.
She received a BS in biology from Stanford University from Stanford University in 1974, and MS in oceanography from Oregon State University, 1983, a MDiv from CDSP, 1994, and a honorary doctor of divinity from CDSP, 2001.
She was born March 26, 1954, in Pensacola, Florida. She has been married to Richard Miles Schori, a retired theoretical mathematician (topologist) since 1979. They have a daughter.
Well, it's nice that she can go back to her day job.
The heck with her being a woman, she's pro-queer agenda!
A guy named Vicky and a girl named Jeff.
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This isn't the election of a bishop, it is the election of the presiding bishop.
For example, the Catholic church could survive a gay bishop here or there, but a female 'pope' would be radical.
And to clarify a mis-statement by another, she is married and there is no indication that she is a lesbian, although she seems sympathetic to their cause.
And...she has gone from deacon to Presiding Bishop of the U.S. in 13 short years - having NEVER even served as the rector of a parish, she has now been chosen as the CHIEF PASTOR for over 1 million Episcopalians. Without doubt, this woman was chosen & elected not for her gifts & experience (for she has little to offer in those areas), she was elected because she & she alone would bring the greatest possible shock & offense to the rest of the Anglican World.
All hail Ashtoreth...consort of Ba'al!
...are there really only 1 million Episcopalians? Out of 300 million people?
+++All hail Ashtoreth...consort of Ba'al!+++
NOOOOOOO, Ba'al has better taste!
Examine her quallifications:
She has minimal theological training, however she has ovaries. Is she the husband of one wife as well? Maybe her hubby is a cross-dresser.
Sad day for so many.
The latest estimates actually have membership down in the 800K area. To say '1 million Episcopalians' is to be polite.
I am a Continuing Anglican and this news makes me shudder. Not that I did not expect it, but that I must now contend with the local Episcopal parish's attempts to justify it.
However, this is a great prophetic moment, as are all horrible events in the life of the Church. Those of us who stand against revisionist theology now have a platform from which to state what Scripture says and how the Fathers have defined the Faith and show what wilfull people can do with it, when they decide they personally know better what is the Word of God than the entire Church down 20 centuries and in the face of prayerful admonition against their acts.
May God have mercy on their wayward souls.
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