Thursday, June 3, 2010
If You Need A Leader With A Real Set of Nads, Then Sometimes You Need A Woman.
Thank you Bishop Katharine!
You can read the full text of her letter in reply to the Archbishop of Canterbury's Pentecost letter over at Mimi's place.
Her letter is as clear and determined as the Archbishop's letter is prevaricating. As many have pointed out, her's is the more precise understanding of the history and identity of Anglican Christianity. Her letter, like Anglicanism itself, is based in reason and experience, and not in ideological abstractions.
Some people are worked up into a hysterical tizzy over her typo concerning Samuel Seabury and the Scottish Episcopal Church. I doubt that they are rioting in the streets of Glasgow today. However, I'll bet that they are breaking dishes and throwing furniture at Lambeth Palace.
"In all humility, we recognize that we may be wrong, yet we have proceeded in the belief that the Spirit permeates our decisions."
I can't think of a better summation of Episcopalianism. That's the whole reason why I stick with this church. It is the Episcopal church and its many leaders who have kept me from abandoning Christian community in despair.
I haven't devoted any space to the Archbishop's letter here mostly because I don't think it's worth the bother (taking my cue from Lionel Demiel's commentary about it).
Posted by Counterlight at Thursday, June 03, 2010