Monday, July 09, 2007

These are not nice people II

A few days ago I mentioned an episode in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark back in 1997. The diocese ran an orthodox parish out of all its buildings and then used one of them to house a gay group led by one Elizabeth Kaeton.

Well, since then Ms. Kaeton, a “priest,” has become President of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Newark. She is very much a leader in the Episcopal Church, not a fringe yahoo . . . at least not by Episcopalian standards.

So a recent post she made about the wife of a prominent orthodox Anglican blogger is, to put it very mildly, shocking. I’ll leave it to Stand Firm to fill you in on the details. Be aware that it’s disturbing stuff.

And, yes, I’m aware Ms. Kaeton has altered her post and apologized . . . or not. I, for one, do not accept her apology as it now stands. To call it inadequate is an understatement.

And I say it’s past time we stop treating these people as the Christians they are not. I mean it. To use the name “Christian” so foolishly is very closely related to taking the Lord’s name in vain. And it accordingly has consequences many are suffering now.

But that is a subject for another post another day.

MORE: Christopher Johnson has posted some pointed analysis as has Captain Yips. I heartily agree with the Captain's conclusion:

So the mask slips, and slips a little more in the follow up. Not terribly important to the debate, but endlessly important as showing that there's not much to be said between the two sides. Where are the common points of reference? The very words we use have different meanings.

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