Monday, October 01, 2007

Oh, Really?

According to this story at Episcopal News Service:
Divine messengers "act to drive out fear," Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said in her homily marking the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels observed September 30 at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral. "That may be the best test of the messenger's source," she added.
"When the message is about fear or hate, we can be sure that it comes from an unholy messenger," Jefferts Schori said, having noted that the "encounter between Michael and the dragon is a reminder of that reality. [Full sermon text is available here.]
Oh, really? If that is what she believes, then I would like our Presiding Bishop to tell us: Which spirit does she believe was operating in New Orleans? The message I heard from New Orleans was absolutely nothing but "fear and hate."

I don't think I'm alone in yearning for our Presiding Bishop to talk to the gay men and lesbians in our church. I would like to ask her: How are we supposed to hear anything but fear and hate in the message that you bishops are so happy about? Bishops all around our church are dancing in the street, so self-satisfied in the unanimity they found in New Orleans.

So why do most of the gay men and lesbians in our church hear nothing but betrayal and duplicity?

Talk to me like I was a five-year-old. Please.


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