Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Presiding Bishop tells the press "The controversy isn't that big."

The Oregonian asks Katharine Jefferts Schori about the crisis that is tearing apart the Anglican Communion at its seams, leading four Episcopal Dioceses to leave The Episcopal Church and the formation of a new Anglican province in North America later this month while TEC spends millions in the courts:

Q: Oregon seems far removed from the big Episcopal controversy over gay ordinations --

A: That's a good thing. The controversy isn't that big; it's just noisy in some places.

14 comments:

The Underground Pewster said...

Was I mistaken, I thought I heard a noise from NH.

I was mistaken, the noise was from the big book of gas... er, I meant "resolutions" crying for the General Convention to pass.

Noisy gas = bad. There is only one thing worse.

Andy said...

Crisis, what crisis? By the way, lets move the deck chairs over here where we can see those lovely fireworks cast their light on those delightful icebergs...

Grey Beard said...

I find it revealing that her criteria for what makes an ideal bishop, as quoted in this interview with the Oregonian, does not include maintaining the purity of the gospel of Christ, spreading it to all the world and setting an example by living in accordance with its precepts.

Q: "... a profile for an ideal bishop. As a former Oregonian, what sort of bishop would be a good fit?

A: Leaders who are able and interested in working collaboratively, who understand different models of being church. Creative and motivated leaders who will support people's own lay ministry."

She is talking about a bishop for crying out loud, not an office manager.

Anonymous said...

Methinks she doth protest too much...

Martha said...

Denial is not a river in Egypt.

Matthew said...

"who understand different models of being church." Twenty years ago, if you said you understood 'different levels of being church', you would have been housed with people who understood different levevls of being Napoleon Bonaparte.

plsdeacon said...

You can read my thoughts on the "no big deal" claim of our revisionists friends at the Deacon's Slant.

YBIC,
Phil Snyder

Allen said...

Of course it's no big deal in those dioceses and pockets of TEC that are struggling for survival. They have been too conditioned to grease wheels and be in denial to know reality.

Interestingly, Schori won't admit that the eruptions are from the growing and vital segments of the Church...where she isn't relevant or of much necessity.

Anonymous said...

She lost four dioceses; so what does she think a 'big' controversy would be?

Matthew said...

If the endowment takes another big hit.

TLF+ said...

The crime was murder "one," guess who testified?
Bello and Bradley and they both baldly lied
And the newspapers, they all went along for the ride.

John said...

How right she speaks! In the last two plus years since our church split I have not heard more than three comments from pew sitters about "the crisis."
It is a none topic with us. Growing our parish and loving our neighbor are far more important.

Wampanoag said...

Denial/Ignorance is bliss.

Fr. Daniel Weir said...

Matthew,

You quoted the PB and then commented: "who understand different models of being church." Twenty years ago, if you said you understood 'different levels of being church', you would have been housed with people who understood different levevls of being Napoleon Bonaparte.

I think part of your difficulty with the PB's comments is reflected in your alternation of her language the second time. She said "models" not "levels." In 1974, quite a bit more than 20 years ago, Avery Dulles, a distinguished Jesuit theolgian, published "Models of the Church," a book which has been revised and reprinted over the years and remains one of the most insightful books about the varied ways that the Church has been the Church. God doesn't, IMV, want cookie-cutter churches anymore than cookie-cutter Christians.