Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Northern Michigan Episcopalians get only one choice for Bishop... and he's a Buddhist!

This is not made up. You can read all about it here, along with a summary of other religious mixing and matching around The Episcopal Church.

This is bad on so many levels. Spiritually, of course. And what about the vaunted "democracy" of TEC - only one candidate?

As South Dakota continues a behind-the-scenes process to nominate a new Bishop, news like this is not welcome.

What's a real Christian Bishop like? Well, today is the Feast of John Chrysostom (died January 27, 407). Here's James Kiefer's short bio of the Saint:

John was called "Chrysostom" ("Golden Mouth") because of his eloquence. He was a priest of Antioch, and an outstanding preacher. (Audiences were warned not to carry large sums of money when they went to hear him speak, since pickpockets found it very easy to rob his hearers -- they were too intent on his words to notice what was happening.)

His sermons are mostly straightforward expositions of Holy Scripture (he has extensive commentaries on both Testaments, with special attention to the Epistles of Paul), and he emphasizes the literal meaning, whereas the style popular at Alexandria tended to read allegorical meanings into the text.

He loved the city and people of Antioch, and they loved him. However, he became so famous that the Empress Eudoxia decided that she must have him for her court preacher, and she had him kidnapped and brought to Constantinople and there made bishop.

This was a failure all around. His sermons against corruption in high places earned him powerful enemies (including the Empress), and he was sent into exile, where he died.

Along with Athanasius of Alexandria, Basil the Great, and Gregory of Nazianzus, he is counted as one of the Four Great Eastern (or Greek) Doctors of the Ancient Church. The Four Great Western (or Latin) Doctors are Ambrose, Jerome, Augustine, and Gregory the Great.


Alice C. Linsley said...

More proof that TEC has totally abandoned Holy Tradition.

BTW, Fr. Tim, I quoted you in my most recent essay at Just Genesis. You can read it here: http://jandyongenesis.blogspot.com/2009/01/ideologies-opposed-to-holy-tradition.html

The Archer of the Forest said...

How bizarre. Not completely unexpected, but bizarre.

Quite a contrast from my mentor in Omaha whose now retired. He was initially nominated for bishop of Northern Michigan as he served there in the 80's. He politely declined, as he has health issues. He is truly one of the best priests and Godly men I know. What a shame.