Saturday, April 25, 2009

I know, but...

Results in the consent process for the election of Kevin Thew Forrester as Bishop of Northern Michigan are beginning appear at a stepped-up pace. This one raised my pulse and took my breath away. 

But the standing committee of the Diocese of San Joaquin has decided to approve the election of the Rev. Kevin G. Thew Forrester. Among those present for the April 18 vote, the vote was unanimous, according to the standing committee’s Cindy Smith.“We reviewed various articles and opinions by different people and we weighed those and we felt that we wanted to give our consent” after giving the issue “careful consideration,” Smith said.

Of course, I know it's the faux Diocese of San Joaquin that is making this announcement. I'm well aware of that cognitively. But at a visceral level, I can barely keep my composure while merely reading the words. Especially in the light of so many certifiably "progressive" bishops and Standing Committees already having registed in the Nay column, this is just further proof that the detritus left behind in the wake of the (lamentable) departure of the real diocese is not just a group of "mere" Episcopalians, but ... well, I probably shouldn't write what I'm thinking.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just a quibble: the red type against the blue background is hard to read. Otherwise, right on!

Anonymous said...

I noticed that DSJ voted yes and that the Standing Committee for El Camino Real voted no.

I expected next to see Spock with a beard and Sulu with a nasty scar.

Richard Yale

Anonymous said...

Of course Fr. Dan I am not surprised why are you? Cindy Smith an openly gay women living with her partner practicing the all inclusive church! At least she is staying true to the banter of "Inclusive!" I would expect nothing less....

TLDillon

Greg said...

But at a visceral level, I can barely keep my composure while merely reading the words.That's what they're counting on, Dan. Remember that we're in a war, and they do not wish you well.

Anonymous said...

Dear Fr. Dan:

I have to say that I had exactly the same visceral reaction when I saw
Diocese of San Joaquin added to the tally for confirmation. It is painful for me to read those words, "Diocese of San Joaquin" in the YES column, even though I am in no way affiliated with the faux Diocese of San Joaquin. I completely identify with YOUR response.

Deacon Francie

ruidh said...

I'm not in favor of approving the election, but those who vote to do so don't cause me anger. If the election is confirmed, I won't lose any sleep over it.