The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Katharine Jefferts Schori, recently addressed a gathering in the rump Diocese of South Carolina. Angry that most of the original Diocese of South Carolina has quit the Episcopal Church because of its theological liberalism, Jefferts Schori sermonized the following:
…I tell you that story because it’s indicative of attitudes we’ve seen here and in many other places. Somebody decides he knows the law, and oversteps whatever authority he may have to dictate the fate of others who may in fact be obeying the law, and often a law for which this local tyrant is not the judge. It’s not too far from that kind of attitude to citizens’ militias deciding to patrol their towns or the Mexican border for unwelcome visitors. It’s not terribly far from the state of mind evidenced in school shootings, or in those who want to arm school children, or the terrorism that takes oil workers hostage. (Entire transcript here)
In this week’s Anglican Perspective, Canon Ashey discusses the nature of these intemperate remarks, comparing the leadership of the Diocese of South Carolina’s state of mind to that of a school-shooter or terrorist.