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May 3, 2007

Believe It Or Not: Episcopal Church May Have Just Gotten More Bizarre

Topics: Faith

As we previously posted in Chutzpay Defined (hat tip - Astute Blogger) on the Episcopal Church's complaint of the head of the Episcopal Church, Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, complaining about Nigerian Anglican bishops coming to Virginia this weekend to formally install the head of the conservative breakaway denomination in this country:

"The female head of a church with a practicing homosexual bishop planning to "marry" his lover, a church that could accept into seminary the adulterous homosexual governor of New Jersey, a church that embraces splitting open babies' skulls and vacuuming their brains out, is complaining about Nigerian Anglican bishops coming to Virginia this weekend" to formally install the head of a parallel denomination, being a violation of ancient customs.
Clearly, the Episcopal Church in the U.S. rests barely on the ledge of sanity. Now we are hearing more on the "Father McGreevey" story, and it speaks loudly to the problems existent today in what has become a church of gays, women priests, and that those that support "splitting open babies' skulls and vacuuming their brains out." A church that is already in deep turmoil now faces a new controversy with what appears to be further confirmation that that James McGreevey, who made headlines as the nation's first openly gay governor and who had an affair with another man while married with a family, may become an Episcopal priest:

McGreevey, 49, who resigned as governor of New Jersey in 2004, after announcing he was a "gay American," couldn't be reached yesterday to respond to news reports that he had converted to the Episcopal religion and will begin seminary study in the fall.

A message left on the phone listed to his partner, Mark O'Donnell, wasn't returned last night.

McGreevey now is embroiled in a bitter divorce from his estranged wife, Dina Matos McGreevey, and a custody struggle over their 5-year-old daughter.

There was plenty of reaction elsewhere to news reports that McGreevey, raised as a Roman Catholic and once an altar boy, has joined St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Manhattan and has been accepted to study at the General Theological Seminary in New York, the oldest in the Episcopal Church.

"Oh, my gosh!" said a surprised Barbara Alton, assistant to Charles Bennison, bishop of the Episcopal diocese of Pennsylvania, when told the McGreevey news.

But she said she didn't think it would have any effect on the troubles already roiling the church.

Elsewhere, an Episcopal pastor who believes in "biblical orthodoxy" responded to the McGreevey story by commenting: "The Episcopal Church, I don't think, can get any crazier than it is."

"It's sad to me that the Episcopal Church increasingly has become a refuge for former members of the Roman Catholic Church who cannot abide by [Catholic] church teachings," said David L. Moyer, rector of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Rosemont and bishop for the armed forces.

They don't come to the church for healing but for the acceptance of their lifestyle and values," Moyer said.

"This is not a judgment against the man [McGreevey]," Moyer said. "God loves us all," but "some things are right and some are wrong."

Apparently the part about there being a right and a wrong side of issues, and of truth over relativeness being more important than personal agenda, escapes the mindset and core of Katharine Jefferts Schori and her supporters.

Posted by Abdul at May 3, 2007 12:59 PM



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