In the past 5 years two bitterly opposed camps on issues like scripture and sexuality have rent the fabric of the Episcopal Church (TEC) into two very unequal parts–the liberals having almost complete say and the power of the courts to crush the self proclaimed “orthodox.” At least this is the point of view of the so called “orthodox” Episcopalians/Anglicans, who bleat on and on about their victim status in TEC and in the Anglican Communion. Theologically, as a Catholic, I am on the side of the “orthodox.” Their moral position on homosexuality is the right one. But, I don’t agree entirely that they are either victims or orthodox.
What has happened to TEC since the 2003 ordination of practicing gay bishop is clearly the fault of the “orthodox” who have stood by with hands on hips for decades while their church has been swirling down the toilet.
Over the past 80 years, these so called “orthodox” gave in to contraception, divorce, abortion, and WO. And, the gay thing has been a public feature among TEC clerics for years. I dont really understand why the alerts were sounded over a gay bishop. Why weren’t they sounded over gay priests? over the actual practice of gay blessings which have been going on since the 70’s.
It’s like the knights have welcomed the marauders into the castle and now that they have taken the throne, the knights are standing around sulking about how rude the marauders were for going too far. Where were the knights when the marauders were still at a distance?
All this nonsense about being “orthodox” is just plain puffery. It is the same old Anglican false word-smithery that has characterized the institution since Henry VIII demanded another concubine. Gene Robinson is right when he said Anglican acceptance of human life as sacred and simultaneously the right of a woman to choose abortion has paved the way for gay marriage in TEC. The consecration of illogic is the manure that has fed that institution since its inception. So, the cry of the “orthodox” is just as hollow as the cry of the gay community.
For those “orthodox” Episcopalians/Anglicans who still desire to claim that title, get yourself into a church that is as orthodox as your good conscience demands, not one as permissive as your appetites crave.