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.