Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Holding up a mirror to the Episcopal Church

From First Things (hat-tip VirtueOnline):

...“Practically every churchgoer you meet in our level of society is Episcopalian”... (Bishop James Pike)

...The result is an ethical consensus unfailingly consistent with the political views and cultural mores of a particular social class—in fact, the class of professional women in the United States since the 1970s. Certainly on the question of abortion, and probably on the question of homosexuality, such ­bishops as Jane Dixon and Katharine Jefferts Schori face no serious opposition among the elite of their denomination in the United States. The Episcopal Church remains the chaplaincy of an establishment, but it is an establishment much diminished—in class, numbers, and influence—for only Pike’s heirs have stayed in the church bureaucracy, and they have no one to speak to except themselves...

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