"... and good wishes as she"

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 20, 2006

Dr. Rowan Williams appears to have nodded off in the midst of his own official reaction to the election of Katharine Jefferts Schori as the next Presiding Bishop of ECUSA -- arguably the drowsiest prose of its kind ever penned. This is the full text:

I send my greetings to Bishop Katharine and she has my prayers and good wishes as she takes up a deeply demanding position at a critical time. She will bring many intellectual and pastoral gifts to her new work, and I am pleased to see the strength of her commitment to mission and to the Millennium Development Goals.

Her election will undoubtedly have an impact on the collegial life of the Anglican Primates; and it also brings into focus some continuing issues in several of our ecumenical dialogues.

We are continuing to pray for the General Convention of the Episcopal Church as it confronts a series of exceptionally difficult choices.

Critical. Impact. Focus. Issues. Choices. Millennium Development Goals. Gifts. Hobbies. Blue Point Siamese ... I'm sorry, I forgot what I was saying just now.

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  • Posted by: - Aug. 08, 2006 2:05 PM ET USA

    Shouldn't that be "Millennium Development Goats"?

  • Posted by: - Jun. 21, 2006 2:13 PM ET USA

    JARay, From Rueters: "Jefferts Schori, who was raised a Roman Catholic and graduated in marine biology with a doctorate specialization in squids and oysters,..." So apparently Rueters considers a 9-yr old to be an adult. Scary!

  • Posted by: JARay - Jun. 20, 2006 7:48 PM ET USA

    No Coemgen. She was baptised a Catholic and taken to the Episcopal church when she was 9, by her parents. At least, so she says.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 20, 2006 4:33 PM ET USA

    In 1986 I was fresh out of college, still an Episcopalian, and I went to Cursillo. Unlike the Gene Robinson ilk, most Cursillistos and Cursillistas are traditional by Episcopal standards and spiritually mature as well. I remember that weekend as those very holy Episcopal priests -- Real MEN! -- urged us all to follow the Holy Spirit and always seek the truth. Well, I did seek the Truth as did many of my fellow Cursillo attendees and many of us are now Catholic! De Colores, Amigos!

  • Posted by: - Jun. 20, 2006 4:22 PM ET USA

    Not to worry, my Catholic brothers and sisters! The Episcopal church is spinning out of control into permanent oblivion and soon even the Unitarians will consider Episcopalians "too liberal!" All those Catholic women who want to be priestesses can become Episcopal and be happy because they can have all they want in the Episcopal church. Go! Shoo! I left the sinking Episcopal Titanic for the unsinkable Barque of Peter twelve years ago this coming October and I LOVE being a Catholic!

  • Posted by: - Jun. 20, 2006 3:32 PM ET USA

    The paoster paint wasnt dry on her ordination posters before she issued her insight that God wants some of us to have a homosexual orientation and to havve that lifestyle abundantly. I wonder why he (ooops I meant she... ooops I meant the creator) kept is such a secret for so long.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 20, 2006 3:00 PM ET USA

    "This is the way the world ends, this is the way the world ends, not with a bang, but a whimper." Thank you, faithful T.S. E. for your prescience.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 20, 2006 2:21 PM ET USA

    Katharine Saccharine Jefferts Schori is another resplendent example of how, when it comes to effective catechesis, we are a shark jumping people. I like the tepidity from the Archbishop of Canterbury --'she has my prayers" rather than "I pray for her". I also enjoy her commitment to mission and MDG rather than Christ and his bride the holy Church. Undoubtedly, she will have quite the impact on the collegial life. "Ask me about Katharine."

  • Posted by: - Jun. 20, 2006 1:28 PM ET USA

    Dr. Schori was raised Roman Catholic. Clearly it did not take.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 20, 2006 12:12 PM ET USA

    Dr. Jefferts Schori's specialty (she has a Ph.D. in oceanography) is the squid. Surely there's a lesson there somewhere.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 20, 2006 12:06 PM ET USA

    I think what we are witnessing is Episcopal Suicide by popular vote. A thumbing of noses in dissent to the faith that has been handed down. In scripture we see that populism doesn't often work out very well. When the prophets called the people back to God, what was the popular reaction to the prophet? How did it end up for Israel? Look at Europe and the nations she peopled... is there a trend developing that looks familiar?