Andrew Carey writes about the Episcopal Church over at Anglican Mainstream in an article titled, "A Church under judgement." That AM would post this article is bad enough. That Andrew Carey would write it is worse. He has put together an account of various charges mostly without names and with no note as to the disposition of the cases and stirred them and declared the Episcopal Church as a whole a devastated area.
In many cases it is possible to guess the cases he is referencing and I have done so here. But the charges are made without reference so that we are saved the trouble of having to look up the facts. This rehash makes good reading for those who are ready to leave the Episcopal Church, but it is for the rest of us a pathetic bit of mudslinging.
Here is some of what he said. I offer several opinions (in red).
"Close watchers of the US, and readers of this newspaper, will be more aware than most of the state of that Church. Heterodoxy is never punished" Rot! I suppose suspending or otherwise inhibiting the priest who professed to be Muslim or priests who take to Wicca doesn't count. ... "whereas orthodox impatience is the subject of lawsuits all over the country." Impatience? Walking away with the keys, changing the locks and then claiming to be willing to negotiate after the fact of taking the goods...that's not impatience. I'm sure they have a name for that in England. "And the amount of heterodoxy uttered in The Episcopal Church is truly astonishing. Even leaving aside the virtual atheism of Bishop Spong’s ‘Twelve Theses’," The 12 Theses keep being resurrected for more lashings. Some of us whacked away at them at the time, others ignored them, others went, "Ah, Bishop Spong." That was eleven years ago. Give it a rest. "...we’ve had bishops claim that the church can ‘re-write the Bible’" I believe that's Bennison who said that. He has been convicted on other matters and is not likely to ever act as bishop again ", ... others make sweeping apologies for Christian mission to those of other faiths," Who was that? "while the Presiding Bishop views Jesus as just one way among many." Ah yes, the famous PB Jesus statements. Rehashed old second rate mudslinging.
Furthermore, they’ve had scandals the likes of which would destroy the Church of England in the eyes of the world, with our much more effective national press conducting the funeral rites. They’ve had thrice-divorced bishops (that would be the bishop of Northern California, whose case was reviewed with great care at the last General Convention), a child-abusing bishop (that would be Bishop Stephen Plummer I suppose. He was suspended, given counseling and was later re-instated, and has since died.) , as well as one who’s covered up sex abuse by his brother, a priest. (That's Bishop Bennison again, who has been convicted in ecclesiastical court.) There’s been a drug-dealing priest, (No kidding! There are a lot of Episcopal clergy. One drug-dealing priest is not the end of the world. Has there never been a drug dealing priest in England?) others who’ve been exposed in a pornographic magazine for engaging in bizarre sex with Brazilians. (Brazilians, yet. Penthouse Magazine, on the basis of further investigation retracted the article. See The whole set of materials on Louie Crew's Anglican Pages HERE). This is truly only the tip of the iceberg. Any one or two of these cases would have been a national scandal in Britain, in the US it’s only a few column inches. (In almost all the cases mentioned there has been considerable coverage in the US.)
Well to be honest God's judgment of the Episcopal Church may indeed come. Still, we have not had a church that regularly found it in order to burn dissenters at the stake, fight religious wars among ourselves or stand with those who thought executing the King was a good thing. There is plenty of judgement to go around.