She responds

February 20, 2007

The Presiding Bishop’s response to Tanzania is here.

Frankly, I don’t have much to say that is appropriate right now.

As always, my comments are mine and not sponsored nor endorsed by any organization that I am affiliated with.

The only thing I really have to say initially is that I frankly don’t appreciate being compared to a piece of meat; I think a more appropriate metaphor would have been in order, Lent or not.

This rings all too familiar to the “conjoined twins” analogy she used when slamming B033 down our throats at General Convention, a resolution which many dioceses have scrambled now to repent of.  ++Katherine herself has said that we have moved forward from that position as a church.  I guess moving forward was not in the forward direction I thought it was.

Again from ++Katherine, there was no indication of the need for the communion to value differences- only to somehow “resolve” them.  She did not discuss that those in the communion who don’t value differences are having an impact on those of us who do value differences– but that it is their lack of valuing our differences which has a direct impact on our life; not the other way around.  Our elections and consecration to the episcopate, our blessing of same-sex unions, does not– in any direct way– affect their lives– yet we must fast?  To try and enforce doctrine across culture without recognizing the unique relationship between the culture and the gospel is to go back to a place we passed years ago– it is to believe that universal inculturation of secular life is required for inculturation of gospel life– that we must have a uniform culture to share the gospel.  And somehow out of all this we are the ones who are insensitive if we don’t participate in this fast, if we elect instead to move forward with our lives, cherishing the relationships that we find in our authenticty, the images of God who we believe ourselves to be?

Katharine, you can do better.

We can do better.

I hope we will.

j

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