Episcopal Crack Up: Who Are The Real Schismatics and Bigot?s

“I grew up in
the Episcopal church. I hope I don`t cry when I talk
about this. But the issue is: Are we going to follow

So an anguished
Katrina Wagner, a member of the leadership of

Truro Episcopal parish
, told Washington Post
reporters Bill Turque and Michelle Boorstein. They have
been covering the sad Christmas story of the breakup of
the Episcopal Church in Northern Virginia. Nine parishes
have voted to secede from the American church. [7
Va. Episcopal Parishes Vote to Sever Ties

December 18, 2006]

What forced the
break was the installation at the National Cathedral of

Katharine Jefferts Schori
of Nevada as presiding
bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church. Schori has blessed
homosexual unions and supported the consecration as
Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire

of V. Gene Robinson,
a priest who had left his wife
to enter a homosexual union. At last report, Robinson
was cohabiting with his gay lover.

have had it with the hierarchy, and the in-your-face
elevation of a green and trendy liberal prelate to lead
them broke it. Not only have the nine parishes severed
ties, with more considering secession, seven of 111
Episcopal dioceses have rejected Schori`s authority. Sad
as the story seems, however, it produced mirth and
mockery from Washington Post columnist Harold
Meyerson. [Send him


“Whether it was
the thought of a woman presiding over God`s own country
club or gays snuggling under its eaves, it was all too
the “Fairfax Phobics,” wrote Meyerson. This is
“just the latest chapter in the global revolt against
modernism and equality and, more specifically, in the
formation of the Orthodox International.”

And what, exactly,
is the “Orthodox International”?

“The OI unites
frequently fundamentalist believers of often opposed
faiths in common fear and loathing of challenges to
ancient tribal norms. … The OI`s founding father was

Pope John Paul II
, who … sought to build his
church in nations of the developing world where
traditional morality and bigotry, most especially on
matters sexual, were … more in sync with the Catholic
Church`s inimitable backwardness. Now America`s
schismatic Episcopalians are following in (John Paul`s)
footsteps—traditionalists of the two great Western
hierarchical Christian churches searching the globe for
sufficiently benighted bishops.”

The reference to
“benighted bishops”
is to

Archbishop Akinola
, who

, as the 13 colonies and

50 American states
did up

until the late 20th century
, that homosexual sodomy
should be a crime. Jefferson, the patron saint of

active homosexuals should be emasculated.

Meyerson dismisses
the Fairfax dissenters as a “distinct minority.”
Yet, he concedes that only 13 of 38 national churches in
the Anglican communion ordain women, and only three—the
United States, Canada and New Zealand—permit the
consecration of women bishops.

So who are the real
schismatics, the real heretics?

In rejecting the
authority of Schori and refusing to bless homosexual
unions, the dissenters have God, Scripture, and church
teaching and tradition on their side. Did not Christ

say to the Pharisees
of his day: “Have ye not
read that He who made man at the beginning `made them
male and female`? And He said, `For this cause shall a
man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his
wife, and they two shall be in one flesh.`”

As for the Old
Testament, Leviticus is a

good deal rougher
on the

than even Archbishop Akinola.

And, tell us,
Meyerson, if the dissenters

in their hearts that Christ restricted the

priesthood and apostolic succession
to men and that

homosexual sodomy is a sin against God,
persisted in, corrupts the soul and can bring eternal
damnation, should they stand firm in the faith—or should
they conform to the commands of “modernity”?

Meyerson is
particularly upset that Pope John Paul`s “Orthodox
—Israeli rabbis, Christian and Islamic
clergy—came forward to “bury ancient enmities and to
jointly condemn a gay pride festival”
in Jerusalem.
Yet one need not be a raging homophobe to think it
probably not a good idea—in the middle of a Moslem
intifada that may lead to a

war of civilizations
between Islam and the West—not
to have 100,000 Sodomites cavorting in the Holy City.

In discussing the
late pope and traditional Christians, Meyerson tosses
about insults like “benighted,” “tribal”
and “Phobics.” He charges the Catholic Church
with “backwardness,” and draws a direct parallel
between Catholic teaching and “tribal norms” and
“traditional morality and bigotry.”

Meyerson`s is the
authentic voice of an

that is out of the closet and on
the op-ed pages of the national press.

Against Equality

is the title of Meyerson`s piece. But this is surely
unjust. None of these folks has called for the denial of
any rights to homosexuals. They are simply saying that,
as faithful Christians, they cannot elevate to the same
moral plane as Christian marriage, which the Lord
commends, the

homosexual unions
Scripture condemns.

God bless these
brave Episcopalians at Christmas—and a very

Merry Christmas
to you, too, Meyerson.



Patrick J. Buchanan

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