It was a long time in the coming. The Cathedral Church of St. John, in Wilmington is closing. The Wilmington News Journal's Gary Soulsman has written a good obit, HERE. For some years I joined regularly with a group called the Pilot Congregation that met there once a month on Saturday mornings for worship and discussion. And, of course, I was there for many events, great and small - ordinations, renewal of vows services, community meetings, and for an electing convention where I was not elected bishop (for which I occasionally give great thanks). There is no joy in Mudville in all this.
But there is a sense that we did good in having this presence, and hard as it was to do, we did good in facing into the realities. And, as they say, reality bites.
David Virtue however does not bite. He gnaws. He reports on the matter on VirtueonLine. After more or less reporting the facts he ends up in three short paragraphs linking the end of the Cathedral's life to The Falls Church in Virginia (takes some doing), to Bishop Wright's supposed blessing of a priest in a same sex relationship, and finally to those Cathedrals that have ended up in ACNA. David is gnawing at the bone, but there is no meat on any of this.