Wednesday, February 22, 2006

An Episcopal Election to Watch

The Episcopal Diocese of California has announced its nominees to become its next bishop. The five nominees include a gay man, the Very Rev. Robert Taylor of Seattle, and a lesbian, the Rev. Bonnie Perry of Chicago, both of whom have partners at this time.

The election therefore becomes one to watch. Most readers of this blog don’t need me to tell them the possible consequences if either Taylor or Perry are elected by the diocese in May and approved by the national General Convention this summer. To say the split of the Anglican Communion may be accelerated would be an understatement.

I wouldn’t bet against Taylor or Perry. We’re talking California now. There are many in that diocese who won’t be able to resist voting for the most trendy “prophetic” candidate possible.

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