Since when is a press release by an opinion monger news? ENS picked it up, but why?
The Rev. Dr. Kendall Harmon thinks the election of the Rev. Mary Douglas Glasspool as bishop is a bad idea. He has published a statement which is nothing more than a press release for writers looking for a good quote. Bet it is quoted several times over. This is news about as much as quoting a particular sort of puffed rice as saying, "Snap, Crackle and Pop" is news.
Dr. Harmon is pleased to tell us,
"This decision represents an intransigent embrace of a pattern of life Christians throughout history and the world have rejected as against biblical teaching. It will add further to the Episcopal Church's incoherent witness and chaotic common life, and it will continue to do damage to the Anglican Communion and her relationship with our ecumenical partners.
--The Rev. Dr. Kendall Harmon is Canon Theologian of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina"
Kendall Harmon is a fine person, a good priest, and all that. He is also working well beyond his pay grade. Granted he is Dr., he is Canon Theologian. In reality he is only a major conservative blogger.
But really, "This decision represents an intransigent embrace of a pattern of life Christians throughout history and the world have rejected as against biblical teaching."? Come on.
This decision represents the willingness of the Diocese of Los Angeles to elect a fine priest to be a bishop in the church, knowing that her manner of life is exemplary and her honesty in presentation of self a model for all of us.
The Rev. Dr. Canon Kendall Harmon is in a crabby mood. Not good for a fine fellow who loves his children and grandchildren.
I say this as,
The Rev. Dr. Mark Harris, Canon, Episcopal Church of the Philippines, and D. Humanities, Trinity University of Asia, none of which titles do anyone, including me, any good at all.
I believe the election of The Rev. Mary Glasspool as bishop exemplifies the very best of Episcopal and Anglican sensibilities. She was elected because of who she is, not in spite of it.