The former Bishop of our neighbors in Iowa, Chris Epting, has posted some comments from the House of Bishops meeting.
On Sunday, he visited a small Louisiana parish and met with the members. Here are a couple of his comments:
"So, I did what bishops do every Sunday in the 50 minutes we are given in adult forums like this…trying to summarize decades of biblical scholarship, cultural differences, Anglican polity — things which parish clergy should have been doing for years in little places like this!"
Translation: He thinks that local churches should be teaching seminary abstractions and theories instead of the plain word of the Bible, and that locals need to know more about how Episcopal Church bureaucracy works.
"Where I live, in New York, we bishops will be pilloried if we make any concessions in a conservative direction."
Translation: You rubes in fly-over country are messing up my social life with your whining. Shut up and join civilization.
Like many dioceses, Iowa was shrinking on Bp. Epting's watch. His comments explain some of that. With leaders who care only for an inner circle of pals, and who look down on so many of their people, no wonder The Episcopal Church is dying.