In an earlier post, I argued that "gay marriage" is just an extension of "straight" permissiveness toward divorce and remarriage. Marriage not as a shared lifetime vocation, but a temporary arrangement to meet individual needs.
Lurking in the slew of resolutions for the Episcopal Church General Convention is the assertion that "marital status" cannot be used to deny a person ordination to the clergy ranks or licensing for any lay ministry.
This enshrines divorce and remarriage. If they are not seen as questionable behaviors for church leaders, then they are normed.
We old Baby Boomers who make up the dying Episcopal Church, as yet another solar flare of our feeeeeeeeeeeeeeelings, have declared ourselves God. Every aspect of church life is now subordinated to our sexual obsessing and exploring. Serial marriage, gay & lesbian, gender-bending - pretty much any way we seek our "self fulfillment" is to be woven into the belief and practice of the church. Maybe we can write up some liturgies in which Viagra, amyl nitrate poppers and other substances are used sacramentally. It's all about us. It's all about our feelings and how you need to accept us and celebrate us. The cosmos revolves around us. We're God.
I wonder how many of us, so anxious to be "heard," will actually hear the warnings in this Sunday's Gospel?
"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit... Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned."