Sunday, July 20, 2008

Episcopal Bishops fail to seat the Bishop of New Hampshire for the provincial gatherings on Tuesday; Robinson calls exclusion 'cruel and unnecessary'

It appears that an attempt to seat Gene Robinson, the Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire, with the rest of the Episcopal House of Bishops at Lambeth has failed. It appears there was a great expectation by some - including the bishop himself, that he would gain entrance into the Lambeth Conference by being seated with the provincial houses on Tuesday, July 22.

"For me to be excluded from my own House of Bishops seems especially cruel and unnecessary," Bishop Robinson writes on his own blog this morning.

We do wonder how many times does he have to be told no?

"With all the exclusion and meanness that has come my way over the years, you'd think this would come as less of a surprise," Gene Robinson writes. "But surprise me it did! And it hurts, especially at the hands of my brothers and sisters in Christ."

That the Episcopal House of Bishops appear united at this time against seating him is quite interesting. Or are they? That the lobbying to seat him will most assuredly continue is also quite interesting. But it does appear that the Bishop of New Hampshire relishes playing the victim card. Is that the only card in his deck?

"If nothing can be done to change this decision, it will be a particularly painful blow," Robinson writes. "At our House of Bishops meeting in March, I pleaded with the House not to let Lambeth separate us. For me to be excluded from my own House of Bishops seems especially cruel and unnecessary."

6 comments:

Yankee_Fan_At_Fenway said...

"But it does appear that the Bishop of New Hampshire relishes playing the victim card. Is that the only card in his deck?"

ummm...and which other card would you suggest he 'play'- since the "duly elected Bishop of New Hampshire" card doesn't appear to work?

Anonymous said...

Ditto what yankee asks.

Stop it already with the "victim" line, BB. How many times do we have to hear from so-called "orthodox" Episcopalians that they are persecuted, run out of their churches, "victims" of the great gay-liberal-progressive-heretical-apostate conspiracy?!?

Casting aspersions which one could cast toward one's own side of the aisle does no good. Find a new line.

Padre Wayne

Anonymous said...

Thanks be to GOD for Bishop Iker...

Cany said...

It's always the same thing... carp, carp carp about Robinson.

Sheesh.

Have you somehow missed the message that he is a duly elected and consecrated Bishop in TEC and that this will not change?

Is there absolutely nothing better you can do with your time?

BabyBlue said...

Um, go see Batman? That's what I did.

bb

Allen said...

If the American HOB was THAT interested in including Robinson, why didn't they have their meeting at a venue outside of the Lambeth Conference? Plenty of options. Plenty of sites. Plenty of eager hosts who would have loved the publicity. As careful as Ms. Schori is with details, methinks that this was a failure set up from the beginning to garner sympathy.