Gene Robinson, the first openly homosexual bishop of the Episcopal Church, has announced his retirement at the age of 63. "The fact is, the last seven years have taken their toll on me, my family, and you," he told his flock.
He might have added that the years have taken a toll on the worldwide Anglican communion, which has frayed to the breaking point since his installation. But being a family man, he mentions the home front first. The pressures, he reports, "have been a constant strain, not just on me, but on my beloved husband Mark...."
Oh, that family! And here we thought he was talking about his former beloved wife, and their two daughter! But no; it's been a long journey, and they probably paid their toll many miles back.
(By the way, the Boston Globe reports that at the age of 63, Robinson is "nearly seven years shy of the mandatory 72-year-old retirement age. Maybe Anglicans have changes the rules of math, too.)
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Posted by: AgnesDay -
Nov. 09, 2010 10:31 AM ET USA
Having supervised wayward employees in the past, one of their favorite ploys when being written up is to announce that they will be "moving on in six months." Translation: Ease up on supervising me.
Posted by: DrJazz -
Nov. 08, 2010 4:23 PM ET USA
Just to be clear, the alleged bishop announced that he will "step down in January 2013," at which time he will be 65. That's how the 7-years-shy-of-72 math works out. Of course, among the many more fertile grounds for taking pot-shots at the bish is the question of why he's announcing it now. After all, who would care if any of us announced today that we plan to retire 2 years and 2 months from now? And for anyone who does care, I'm planning to retire in May 2028.