Walter Russell Mead is a progressive Episcopalian and he and I would disagree on many matters. That makes his new critique of Episcopal "leadership" more compelling. I am sickened by the demise of General Theological Seminary, New York, where I was awarded my Master of Divinity degree. Mead unpacks financial details much, much worse than any of which I was aware. Open this blog in two windows, click the YouTube on one for background music, then go to the link in the other and read Mead's commentary. Not as splendiferously bizarre as synchronizing Dark Side of the Moon with The Wizard of Oz, but hey, this is fly-over country.
Faith Matters: Will Barbie Save The Episcopal Church? - Walter Russell Mead's Blog - The American Interest
Mead: "I hate to say this, guys, but I think God mocks us and holds us in derision. I think the disasters we have already experienced and the much greater ones that are coming closer every day are signs of his wrath. I think he is giving us the taste of wormwood and gall: he’s letting us face the full consequences of our own silly deeds. He waited patiently for decades as we frittered away the inestimable riches and advantages accrued over centuries. He bore our hypocrisy — incompetent busybodies and Mrs. Jellybys lecturing the rest of the world on how to manage its affairs as our own household fell progressively into deeper disarray — and our general inconsequential messing around with low priority issues like ’sexist’ hymn lyrics as our seminaries edged steadily closer to bankruptcy. But we’ve exhausted God’s patience and spent down our endowments. The Bailiff of Heaven is knocking at our door; the notice of eviction is in his hands."