Learning nothing and forgetting nothing
But it was the utter banality of her response that appalled me.
We regret and grieve their departure, and pray that they may continue their journey as Christians in another home.Like it or hate it, the departure of thousands of souls from the care of their former protector is a wrenching prospect - it should at least produce the same anguish as the dissolution of a marriage. Instead, Schori dispenses trite, breezy cliches, like the host of a TV cooking show waving goodbye until next week's recipe for spinach soufflé.
In the hope that some may decide to return, we intend to keep the door open and the light on.
It's embarrassing to see someone so entirely fail to rise to an occasion. She reminds me Louis XVI, who plodded along dully as the French monarchy collapsed on top of him. On the day the Bastille fell, in his diary he wrote "Nothing", which became almost an encapsulation of a clueless ruler not realizing what was happening around him.* Unlike Schori, Louis had no choice about finding himself in a job for which he was unfit; ECUSA deliberately chose to install a dullard at the head of their organization. Talleyrand said of the Bourbons that they had learned nothing and they had forgotten nothing, but even they would have been surprised to see the nothing that ECUSA has so eagerly embraced.
* I know that it was his hunting diary for the day, but the story has entered history as a parable of a king oblivious to the great events stirring the people, and carrying on business as usual without realizing that everything has changed.