There are limits...

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 06, 2007

Perhaps you remember Rev. Ann Holmes Redding, the Episcopalian priestess who hass discovered that she is also a Muslim. We are pained to report that Bishop Geralyn Wolf of Rhode Island, who ordained Redding, has now suspended her from public ministry.

Bishop Wolf explains carefully that she wants Rev. Redding to spend some time reflecting on "what I see as the conflicts inherent in professing both Christianity and Islam." [emphasis added]

During her one-year suspension Redding will not be able to preach or teach at any Episciopal institution. But don't worry; all is not lost for the cause of religious diversity:

Redding is scheduled to start teaching part time as a visiting assistant professor at Jesuit-run Seattle University this fall.

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 07, 2007 2:09 PM ET USA

    You've got to be JIVING me! I can just see the conversation between Redding and the Dean of SU. Dean: So why are you looking for a teaching position at SU? Redding: They won't let me teach at any Episcopal institutions until I figure out if I'm a Christian or a Muslim. Dean: Wow! They sound rigid. The Jesuits are very comfortable with ambiguity, very comfortable, indeed. Actually, it's things that are certain we have problems with--you're hired!

  • Posted by: - Jul. 07, 2007 10:46 AM ET USA

    Di, it's not only that she *will* be teaching, but she also *has been* teaching at Seattle U. A look at their website shows that she has already and will be teaching courses on the Pauline Letters. One wonders how many sword blows to the head St. Paul can endure even in heaven.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 07, 2007 8:35 AM ET USA

    What was it that wise Lincoln did with his cabinet? The Truth is on our side, and if Seattle wants to garner a lot of publicity, what good can we try to make of it? I'll try not to waste my energy on being angry unless some of our ordained brothers begin to make truth claims based on her kookiness.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2007 6:43 PM ET USA

    Why do I want to screamingly bash in my computer screen, smash it upon the brick floor, trash and thrash it and tear my hair out?

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2007 6:09 PM ET USA

    The Jesuits have long lost control of their Universities. The number of Jesuits teaching at them is very low because of the lack of vocations. Their residence halls are geriatric wards.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2007 6:03 PM ET USA

    No, Frances Kissling at Georgetown.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2007 5:59 PM ET USA

    You cannot read this piece without hearing the ghostly guffaws of long-dead Gilbert & Sullivan audiences. But as the scene shifts to the Jesuit venue the laughter is somehow no longer human or mirthful. Him again.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2007 3:32 PM ET USA

    Its interdict-ion time. Most missed the fact that the Missouri Supreme Court sided with Jesuit-run Saint Louis University that they "are not beholden to any creed." Just try to find "Catholic" on their website. Yet many links to Gay-Lesbian-Transsexual Rainbow Alliance and the like at similar institutions like Georgetown and others. Anyone remember what Licentiate is about? They wear the mongram, get the $, but swat the truth with a large cafeteria tray. Teachers of denial. So sad.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2007 3:30 PM ET USA

    Sorry, patriot, Boston College has already gone there, done that and got the T-shirt. They had Mary Daly, the lesbian witch, as a tenured member of their "theology" department years before such diversity became de rigeur. "For Boston, for Boston...."

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2007 3:12 PM ET USA

    If there are limits what the episcopalians will accept from their ordained, (and I think this is a first in the past few years), I am happy to know that our "Catholic" universities are able to find a place for them. How can someone be so far out in space that the episcopalians will not accept her, yet our fine Universities will open there arms to her as a teacher? what does she have to offer, I wonder? Some one should ask the Jesuit run University what the is the logic.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2007 2:31 PM ET USA

    My apologies for my most recent outburst of Tourette's Syndrome. I'll try not to let it happen again. At least for today.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2007 2:27 PM ET USA

    It's truly a battle between the Jesuits and the Vincentians as to which order's universities can land the biggest apostate, heretic, crackpot, anti-Semitic with syncretistic star quality. DePaul had Dominic John Crossan, now Seattle gets the first Islamo-Christian woman with a hyphenated last name who seems to have undergone some process resembling ordination in the past. Wow, what next, Frances Kissling at Boston College?