Thursday, April 05, 2007

Captain Bruno sails on

The Bishop of Los Angeles, has written a non-pastoral letter. It's quite remarkable for it's tone of clueless pigheadedness, combined with a sort of awkward chivalry toward TEC's First Lady:
The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori is one of the most articulate and capable women I've ever met in my life, and to undermine her authority would be a great disservice to our Church. Furthermore, to allow the Primates---who have no adjudicatory responsibility or power over The Episcopal Church---to have a steering committee that would look over Bishop Katharine's shoulder and see if she's doing things in a "proper" fashion (according to them) would be an even greater disservice to our church.
"I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult. But the age of chivalry is gone."
I hope that the next few months of study--a "fasting" for a time of study as suggested by our Presiding Bishop-would be a great gift to the Church.
Except that that's not what she proposed - it was a period of "fasting" as a concession to the "weaker brethren" in the Church, who were, for some unaccountable reason, annoyed with all this marrying and ordaining among homosexuals. Nobody said anything about "study", but the word does give off that air of brow-furrowed seriousness that looks so good in portrait photos. And by the way, what is a "metered" response? Is it anything like a "measured" response? Or is it closer to a "mitred" one?

The best part comes as Bruno gallantly promises to forge ahead on the course that has proved so successful up to now:
For we cannot go backwards. We are not a church that will turn around and walk away from our decisions.
When the appointment of Jeffery[sic] John, a gay man who was chosen to be a bishop in England, was reversed, that act of going backwards did great disservice to Jeffery John and to the English church. When the Presbyterian Church made proactive statements about sexuality and went backwards, it did great disservice to that church-and on and on with other denominations. The Episcopal Church shall not be one that backs up on this issue.
Thanks for reminding us about Jeffrey John, Bishop - it's been a few days since he was last in the news. Bruno is starting to remind me of a description I read a few years ago: "so stubborn that were he captain of the Titanic, he would have run the ship into a second iceberg to prove he meant to hit the first one." I don't suppose he'd be too flattered to know who that was originally written about: it was President George W. Bush.



Blogger little gidding said...

One presumes a "metered response" would be in iambic pentameter.

4:43 pm  
Blogger Ellie M said...

Or the Episcopalians have decided to adopt the Metric system.

10:24 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think JJ's the perfect guy to lead the Charge of the Light-in-the-Loafers Brigade (with all apologies to Tennyson).


12:37 pm  
Blogger Nicholodeon said...

No, no, never...the Episcopalians being 'top drawer' all the way would never use iambs to express themselves...rather they would hie themselves to rhymed alexandrins...

4:07 pm  

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