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Friday, January 16th, 2015 | Uncategorized | 47 Comments

In circumstances that can at best be described as suspicious, Heather Cook makes bail:

Bishop Heather Cook was bailed out today by a person she has described as her “steady companion,” Mark H. Hansen, a former Episcopal priest who was defrocked in 2005 for his opposition to the ordination of a gay bishop in New Hampshire.

Hansen posted $35,000 of collateral and signed a $215,000 promissory note to meet the 10% requirement of the $2.5 million bail for Bishop Cook, who was jailed last Friday on manslaughter and drunk driving charges stemming from a car crash that killed bicyclist Thomas Palermo.

I don’t know about you but I don’t think I know anybody, let alone a former Episcopal priest, who has that kind of jack lying around.  And who exactly is this Hansen guy anyway?  This is how Cook described him.

In an autobiographic sketch for the Maryland Episcopal Diocese, Bishop Cook described her relationship with Hansen as follows:

“Supporting me in my vocation is my steady companion, Mark, a passionate Anglican. After having dated in our twenties, life took us different ways, but we found each other again two years ago, and it has been a great blessing.”

So.  The live-in boyfriend may be looking at bankruptcy for a women he might not be seeing again for a long time?  Makes sense.  Meanwhile, Maryland Bishop Eugene Sutton recently issued one of the worst pastoral letters in the history of the Christian religion.

After discussing this tragedy with some of my bishop colleagues for over an hour and being held up in prayer by them, one said, “Eugene, I am the child of an alcoholic and I’ve spent many years dealing with that and coming to understand the hold that alcohol has on someone who is addicted to it. I want to tell you that the Diocese of Maryland is not responsible for the terrible accident that killed that bicyclist. You are not responsible for that; Heather Cook is. It’s not your fault.” I burst into tears. I hadn’t realized how much I had internalized the weight of responsibility for the tragedy, the sense of shame, and the desperate need to make it all better.

Excuse me?  Hate to break this to you, Gene, but in a way, Maryland kind of is responsible.  Was this woman seriously vetted by anyone there at all?  When Cook mentioned the first DUI, assuming she did, was anyone in Baltimore curious enough to investigate the circumstances surrounding it?  You know, the shredded tire, the fact that Cook was so blasted that she couldn’t complete the sobriety test, etc?

Or did it go something like this?

COOK: I had a DUI a few years ago

COMMITTEE: Oh well, everybody makes mistakes.  Moving on…

Gene?  The correct response would have been to tell Cook, “Please go get help.  We’re going in a different direction.”

Then there’s the whole not letting the diocesan convention in on any of this.  Yeah, I know, Cook was behind the wheel that day.  But the Diocese gave her a pointy hat and hooked stick, essentially telling Cook that nothing was wrong.

Gene, you and your diocese could not possibly have handled this any worse.

PIGS

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 | Uncategorized | 53 Comments

There, I said it.  If you bitches want me, you can find out where I live easily enough:

This shocking footage shows the scene of devastation after a bomb strapped to a 10-year-old suicide girl was detonated in a marketplace.

The explosion, in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Saturday, killed at least 16 people and injured more than 20, security sources said.

“The explosive devices were wrapped around her body and the girl looked no more than 10 years old,” a police source said.

Maiduguri, the capital of northern Borno state, lies in the heartland of an insurgency by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, and is often hit by bomb attacks.

BY ASSOCIATION

Monday, January 12th, 2015 | Uncategorized | 34 Comments

Emmanuel, the Webster Groves, Missouri Episcopal parish I attended until 2003, is located right across Lockwood Avenue from and has had a close relationship with one of the most formidable institutions in American liberal Protestantism.  Eden Seminary.

Because Emmanuel was being renovated at the time, my oldest sister got married in a chapel at Eden.  Reinhold Niebuhr studied there.  And big-league leftist theologian Walter Brueggeman both studied and taught at Eden and while he taught there, he used to preach at Emmanuel from time to time.

I remember hearing one of his sermons at Emmanuel once.  I don’t remember what it was about since I was, like, a kid and stuff.

Anyhoo, Marlena Graves at On Faith had a chat with the old guy a while back:

We in the United States live in a deathly social context that’s marked by consumerism and militarism and the loss of the common good. Younger people that are committed to the gospel have to think carefully about how to critique that dominant system of military consumerism and how to imagine alternative forms of life that are not defined by those corrosive pressures.

Military consumerism?  What on Earth does that mean?

That ideological system causes us to be very afraid, to regard other people as competitors, or as threats, or as rivals. It causes us to think of the world in very frightened and privatistic forms.

So the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda are not actually our enemies then?

The gospel very much wants us to think in terms of a neighborhood, in terms of being in solidarity with other people, in sharing our resources, and of living out beyond ourselves. The gospel contradicts the dominant values of our system, which encourages self-protection and self-sufficiency at the loss of the common good. The church is in some ways a reflection of those dominant values.

How do we fix this, Walt?  For a start, we can listen to the Prophet Barack.

A paradigmatic example is the conversation that we’ve had about healthcare, the Affordable Care Act. Providing healthcare for all of our citizens is a mandate for any workable society. Our resistance reflects our kind of privatized notion that everyone ought to get what they can pay for – and if they can’t pay for it, they ought not to get it. And [that] identifies and fosters a kind of disadvantaged class that is excluded from all of the resources of society.

Because if we don’t…

You can watch while the differences between people who have a lot and people who have a little or nothing — that gap grows and grows. You can’t have a viable society if you organize the economy that way. You can take it in terms of healthcare delivery, education, or in terms of housing or any of the social goods. If you do not have a practice of neighborliness, society becomes unlivable.

What about the Single Most Important Moral Issue In The Entire History Of All Humanity?

The discussion needs to start with what it means to be made in the image of God. The confession of Christian faith is that all of God’s human creatures are made in the image of God. That means that they are to be treated with dignity, offered maintenance and security, as is necessary. There’s almost no use arguing over biblical text.

Particularly when biblical text forbids you to…ah, you know the drill.

The only thing that will change people’s minds about this is getting to know people who happen to be gay or lesbian or bisexual, and what you discover is that they’re people just like us.

Sinners.

To overcome our fears, I think it is basically fear

Saw that one coming 2,000 miles away, Walt.

means getting to know people and to see that they are not a threat.

We already know that.

There may be people with those sexual differences whom we like or whom we don’t like, but they’re all made in the image of God.

That bumper sticker too.

To stereotype them negatively, it seems to me, is a complete misunderstanding of Christian faith.

To declare that sinners aren’t sinners at all seems to me to be not only a complete misunderstanding of but a intentional perversion of the Christian faith.  But that’s just me, Walt.

I know those texts are in the Bible, but the Bible is a dynamic tradition that’s always on the move to new truth. If you track that out, probably the ultimate statement about that is made by Paul in Galatians 3, that in Christ there is neither male nor female, Greek nor Barbarian, slave or free. We are all one in Christ. And what we know in the gospel is that God’s love reaches toward all of God’s creatures. To sort them out in terms of who are the deserving and the qualified and who are not is imposing a judgment on human reality that simply cannot be done.

The problem that many of us have with that take, Walt, is that we’re not permitted to do any damn fool thing that pops into our heads.  We can’t make and pray to idols, we can’t murder, we can’t covet our neighbor’s wife, we can’t have sex with animals, we can’t have sex with someone of the same sex as we are, etc.  Not to worry, says Walt.

I know those texts are in the Bible, but the Bible is a dynamic tradition that’s always on the move to new truth. If you track that out, probably the ultimate statement about that is made by Paul in Galatians 3, that in Christ there is neither male nor female, Greek nor Barbarian, slave or free. We are all one in Christ. And what we know in the gospel is that God’s love reaches toward all of God’s creatures. To sort them out in terms of who are the deserving and the qualified and who are not is imposing a judgment on human reality that simply cannot be done.

Yeah, Walt?  In Christ, it’s true that there aren’t “male or female, Greek or Barbarian, slave or free.”  But it’s also true that no one is permitted to sin.

Just sayin’,  Walt.

JUDGMENT DAY

Friday, January 9th, 2015 | Uncategorized | 55 Comments

Heather Cook has been charged with manslaughter, DUI, leaving the scene and TWD:

An attorney for the Episcopal bishop facing manslaughter and drunken driving charges stemming from a hit-and-run that killed a cyclist says she is now in police custody.

David Irwin, an attorney representing Bishop Heather Cook, says she turned herself in to authorities on Friday afternoon.

Cook was charged Friday morning with manslaughter, drunken driving, failure to remain at the scene of an accident resulting in serious injury and death, and using a mobile device while driving.

Cook blew a point two two.

Cook fatally struck 41-year-old Tom Palermo on Dec. 27 while he was riding his bicycle in Baltimore. Palermo died of a head injury later that day. Prosecutors say Cook registered a .22 percent blood alcohol content shortly after the wreck.

I don’t think TEO will linger too long over Heather Cook.  She’ll resign, do her time, find some other “Christian ministry” to occupy the rest of her life and that will be that.

LIBRARIAN PORN

Friday, January 9th, 2015 | Uncategorized | 34 Comments

Cuz that’s how we roll, yo:

More than 200 years ago in Boston, a prominent silversmith, a political philosopher, and a local real estate developer conspired to leave trinkets for future generations. Placing a capsule of keepsakes inside the cornerstone of the Massachusetts State House, the three men left the items to be uncovered at a later date.

The men were Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and William Scollay, three important figures of early American history. Adams was the governor of Massachusetts at the time, and construction on the State Building had just begun. Revere would later go on to overlay the State House dome with copper.

Throughout the years, the time capsule lay encased in plaster along with an assortment of coins. Now, 220 years later, the lid of the capsule has been painstakingly pried open by Pamela Hatchfield, head of objects conservation at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Using a porcupine quill, Ms. Hatchfield spent hours removing the box’s lid to reveal its contents.

The contents of the box include five folded newspapers, which museum representatives say are in an excellent state of conservation; a Massachusetts commonwealth seal; an engraved silver plate; and around 24 old silver and copper coins.

MAXIM

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015 | Uncategorized | 68 Comments

A “prophet” who requires “avenging” is not a prophet AND NEVER WAS:

Gunmen have shot dead 12 people at the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in an apparent militant Islamist attack.

Four of the magazine’s well-known cartoonists, including its editor, were among those killed, as well as two police officers.

The masked attackers opened fire with assault rifles in the office and exchanged shots with police in the street outside before escaping by car. They later abandoned the car in Rue de Meaux, northern Paris, where they hijacked a second car.

Witnesses said they heard the gunmen shouting “We have avenged the Prophet Muhammad” and “God is Great” in Arabic (“Allahu Akbar”).

And it never hurts to have Western apologists.

Islam?  In the West, our religions get criticized, ridiculed and even blasphemed all the time.  We’ve learned to let such taunts roll of our backs.  Why should we exempt your religion?  Are you that insecure?

Here’s the deal, Islam.  Either take the advice of the post just below this one or a lot of us, this blogger foremost among them, will officially and finally declare your “prophet” to be a deluded liar and your “religion” to be Satanic.

UPDATE: Right on schedule.

TO ALLAH’S EAR

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015 | Uncategorized | 21 Comments

It’s just one guy, albeit an important one.  But they may be starting to get it:

In a speech on New Year’s day, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called for a “religious revolution” in Islam that would displace violent jihad from the center of Muslim discourse.

“Is it possible that 1.6 billion people (Muslims worldwide) should want to kill the rest of the world’s population—that is, 7 billion people—so that they themselves may live?” he asked. “Impossible.”

Speaking to an audience of religious scholars celebrating the birth of Islam’s prophet, Mohammed, he called on the religious establishment to lead the fight for moderation in the Muslim world. “You imams (prayer leaders) are responsible before Allah. The entire world—I say it again, the entire world—is waiting for your next move because this umma (a word that can refer either to the Egyptian nation or the entire Muslim world) is being torn, it is being destroyed, it is being lost—and it is being lost by our own hands.”

He was speaking in Al-Azhar University in Cairo, widely regarded as the leading world center for Islamic learning.

SCHADENFREUDE

Monday, January 5th, 2015 | Uncategorized | 25 Comments

Dearest Harvard.  You can’t CONCEIVE how hard some of us are laughing right now:

For years, Harvard’s experts on health economics and policy have advised presidents and Congress on how to provide health benefits to the nation at a reasonable cost. But those remedies will now be applied to the Harvard faculty, and the professors are in an uproar.

Members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the heart of the 378-year-old university, voted overwhelmingly in November to oppose changes that would require them and thousands of other Harvard employees to pay more for health care. The university says the increases are in part a result of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act, which many Harvard professors championed.

TRANSITIONS

Monday, January 5th, 2015 | Uncategorized | 31 Comments

Katie Rags is moving on.

OPEN WOUND

Sunday, January 4th, 2015 | Uncategorized | 42 Comments

The Heather Cook scandal continues to fester.  I don’t think Church Center quite knows what to do about it because, as of this writing, Katharine Jefferts Schori has not issued a statement while ENS has not covered the story at all.

I think TEO realizes that there are actually two scandals going on here.  The first and, by far the most important, is the death of a devoted husband and father of two kids at the hands of one of its bishops.  The second is that the Diocese knew about Cook’s 2010 DUI yet didn’t see fit to alert the people of the Diocese who elected her bishop:

Leaders in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland who this spring made Heather Elizabeth Cook a bishop — the diocese’s first female bishop — knew the ugly details of her 2010 drunk-driving arrest but determined “that this one mistake should not bar her for consideration as a leader,” the diocese said in a statement Tuesday.

“After extensive discussion and discernment about the incident, and after further investigation, including extensive background check and psychological investigation, it was determined that this one mistake should not bar her for consideration as a leader,” the statement reads. “We, too are all filled with questions for which there are still no answers, and we are all filled with anger, bitterness, pain and tears. Our thoughts and prayers right now are with Mr. Palermo, his family and friends, and the bicycling community. And, we continue to pray for Bishop Cook in this time of her tremendous grief and sorrow.”

A “mistake?”  A ”mistake” is a speeding ticket or getting nailed for driving with expired tags.  The following is WAY beyond a “mistake.”

According to records released Tuesday by the Caroline County sheriff’s office, Cook — who was then assigned as a priest on the Eastern Shore of Maryland — was pulled over at 1:15 a.m. in September 2010 and was too intoxicated to complete sobriety tests. She had vomit on her shirt, the report said, and one of her four tires was shredded down to the rims. Cook told the officer she was driving from Canada and had drunk alcohol and smoked marijuana while driving, according to the police report.

Now the diocese finds itself under fire after Cook’s acknowledgment that she was involved in a crash on Saturday that killed bicyclist Thomas Palermo, the father of two small children. Cook left the scene but returned later, Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton said in a statement Monday.

Church leaders who knew of Cook’s 2010 arrest did not return calls Tuesday asking for more details about their decision to install Cook, the daughter of an Episcopal priest. Diocesan spokeswoman Sharon Tillman said the co-chairs of the selection committee and the diocese’s chancellor knew of the incident, but she couldn’t confirm who else knew.

Apparently, whatever committee that did know about all this decided not to alert the diocesan convention at all.

Several people who were part of the bigger convention that voted for Cook this spring said they were not told about the arrest.

If the Diocese had known about the earlier DUI and denied Cook the job because of it, would that have been a betrayal of Christian principles?  Not at all, says the Rev. Emily Heath of the United Church of Christ and herself in long-term recovery from alcoholism.

But as far as her consecration as bishop, a very short period of time had elapsed between her DUI incident and her elevation. If she was sober, she was still in “early sobriety” and taking on a position like this, with higher stress and demands on time, would have likely been discouraged. And, if she relapsed, as now seems likely, it was on her to step back and say “I need to focus on getting healthy.” But Bishop Cook alone is not at fault. Church communities are often too quick to push those who have had major falls back into the spotlight. They are not doing the one who is recovering any favors by pushing a false rhetoric of “forgiveness” or “grace”. Sometimes grace means saying “you need to work on yourself for a while”.

With Bishop Cook too many questions are unanswered, and too little time had elapsed since her “rock bottom” of a few years ago. Something went wrong, and she found an even lower “rock bottom”, and this time a man is dead, not because she was in recovery but because of her own choices. Add to that the fact that this was a hit and run, and Bishop Cook took no responsibility for her actions until she was chased down, and it is clear that her behavior is exactly the opposite of what we are taught in recovery, regardless of whether or not she was drinking when she hit Mr. Palermo.

So what’s going to happen now?  The investigation is still ongoing and charges have not yet been filed but Cook’s obviously finished in Maryland and probably just about everywhere else.  After whatever jail time she serves, Cook might find an Anglican religious community in which to live out her days but her public ministry is over.

Other people’s public ministries should be finished as well.  Maryland’s going to have to clean house.  Whoever signed off on not telling the diocesan convention about Cook’s 2010 DUI showed deplorable judgment, effectively releasing a ticking time bomb back on the road and costing Tom Palermo his life.

So if I were Katharine Jefferts Schori, I would get on the phone with Bishop Eugene Sutton and strongly urge him to take one for the team and fall on his sword.  That’s pretty much the only way that this scandal goes away.

YOUR OPINIONS, PLEASE (UPDATED!)

Friday, January 2nd, 2015 | Uncategorized | 38 Comments

Okay, boys and girls – here’s something for you to discuss.

The new film release of the musical “Annie” has changed the race of the cast from white to black, much like what was down with “The Wiz”.

But – Miss  Ms. Hannigan, the “meanie” who ran the orphanage in the original and is now Annie’s foster mother, is white, played by Cameron Diaz.

Is this, or is it not, racist?

**** U P D A T E ****

I just discovered that Target has gotten into a racism mess because of “Annie”. Apparently Target has a line of girls clothing to go with the movie, and they produced a commercial to advertise the clothing. But – in the commercial, all the girls modeling the clothes are white, specifically the one in the dress based on Annie’s costume.

Is Target’s Annie Ad Racist?

Bill (not IB)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Thursday, January 1st, 2015 | Uncategorized | 40 Comments

Welcome to 2015 which promises to be a blessedly dull year.  There are no major national elections on tap so most Americans will be blissfully free of the robocalls that plague Americans whenever Vitally Important Elections happen in this country.

Pretty much the only significant American event of worldwide interest that will happen this year won’t occur until October 30th, 2015 when Your Editor officially hits the Big Six-Oh, assuming Your Editor even makes it to October 30th, 2015 in order to hit the Big Six-Oh (I can’t for the life of me even begin to explain how I made it this far).

In the meantime, here are a couple of the ladies.  First up, we have Jane Shaw, former Dean of Frisco’s Grace Cathedral, who thinks that Christianity would be so much better if you didn’t have to “worship God” and believe stuff and crap:

“I think people are always slightly surprised that I’m not very churchy as a person,” Shaw told the Palo Alto Online in an interview. “I don’t think church is to be more churchy. I think church is about, anyone should be welcome. I’m really interested in how you welcome many different kind of constituencies, certainly not convert them, not even necessarily to do religion all the time.

Shaw’s a Lesbipalian but you already knew that.  So what should “church” be about?

Shaw said that greatest current crisis is “climate change” and as a proponent of “practical religion,” everyone should work to raise awareness of the issue and bring change on a local, national, or global front.

“I think the great crisis of our day is climate change and the environment,” Shaw said in the video interview. “So I rather hope that more people would take that seriously and begin to think and reflect on what they are doing with their own lives and how they can bring some pressure to bear to change things.”

Raising awareness.  Convincing yourself that you’ve “done something” about a problem without actually doing anything at all.  But don’t worry, Roman Catholics, I haven’t left you out.  There’s been another sighting of one of these people.

In a few days Georgia Walker, at age 67, intends to become a priest, at which point she will be excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church.

That doesn’t faze her.

“I don’t accept the legitimacy of that excommunication,” said Walker, who will be the first woman in Kansas City to defy the church and be ordained a priest.

The church in turn will not accept the legitimacy of her ordination because, under canon law, only men can be priests. 

“That’s their problem,” Walker said of the church.

That steadfastness is a trait of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, a growing movement of people who see the church as too authoritarian and unwilling to be inclusive. But instead of leaving the church, they hope to change it from within.

Seems like that might be a little tough to do what with you being, you know, without the Church since you’re, like, excommunicated and stuff.  The local diocese briefly woke up, yawned, muttered something and went back to sleep.

The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph issued this statement: “Since this ‘ordination’ does not involve the participation of any validly ordained Catholic clergy, the diocese does not see a reason to comment any further.”

Where’s the blessed event going to happen?

Walker’s ordination, scheduled for Jan. 3, will be performed by Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan, who travels the country ordaining women priests and deacons — 25 of them in 2014.

Walker’s ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. at St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran Church, 3800 Troost Ave.

ELCA.  Looked it up.  The pastor there had this to say.

Donna Simon, pastor at St. Mark, has no patience for the view that women cannot be priests.

“The logic for male (only) ordination is spurious,” she said. “Nowhere in the Bible does it say you may not ordain women.”

Kids?  I’ve been blogging for pretty close to fourteen years and I have to tell you that if you do this long enough, you DREAM of set-ups like that one.  Because here are some other things that the Bible doesn’t forbid you from ordaining.

(1) An empty Coke bottle.
(2) Your brother Larry’s tricked-out ’72 Camaro
(3) A nice, warm pan of your Aunt Jennifer’s Apple Brown Betty
(4) Mark Shea
(5) Dale Price’s 2006 World Series ticket stubs
(6) My dad’s 60-year-old shotgun
(7) Canada
(8) Dale Price
(9) Art Deco’s box of Cubans that he got from…some guy…somewhere
(10) An actual Christian

Etc.  But anyway…

OF BIBLICAL PROPORTION

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014 | Uncategorized | 63 Comments

The Episcopal Organization now has an official public-relations nightmare on its hands:

The No. 2 Episcopal bishop in the Diocese of Maryland has been placed on administrative leave after she was involved in a car crash Saturday that killed a bicyclist.

Bishop Heather Elizabeth Cook, who is the bishop suffragan, or second bishop for the diocese of Maryland, which is headquartered in Baltimore, left the scene but returned later “to take responsibility for her actions,” her bishop said in a statement.

This isn’t Cook’s first run-in with the law.

Court records show that Cook received “probation before judgment” in 2010 for a drinking and driving charge on the Eastern Shore, where she worked before becoming a bishop. She had been charged at the time with possession of marijuana paraphernalia as well. But those charges were dropped, and she successfully completed her probation.

The Baltimore Sun, which has extensively covered this story, elaborates.

Cook, who has spent 20 years as an Episcopal priest, pleaded guilty in 2010 to driving under the influence of alcohol in Caroline County. She registered 0.27 percent on a blood-alcohol test — more than three times the legal limit in Maryland — after that incident.

Caroline County District Court records show Cook was arrested after police saw her driving under the speed limit on the shoulder of the road on a shredded tire at 2 a.m. The officer who pulled her over reported that the car smelled of burning rubber and alcohol, and he saw vomit on her shirt.

A bottle of wine, a fifth of Irish whiskey and two baggies were inside the car, police said. On the passenger seat in plain view was a “metal smoking device.” She was charged with possession of marijuana, but those charges were later dropped.

And there seems to be an implicit hint that the circumstances of Cook’s 2010 DUI might have been kept from the people who eventually elected her.

Before being elevated to a position as a high-ranking bishop, Heather Elizabeth Cook was subjected to an extensive background check and psychological investigation regarding a 2010 drunken-driving incident, the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland said Tuesday.

“One of the core values of the Christian faith is forgiveness. We cannot preach forgiveness without practicing forgiveness and offering people opportunity for redemption,” the diocese said in a statement about the search process for an elected bishop.

The church said in its statement, “After extensive discussion and discernment about the [2010] incident, and after further investigation, including extensive background check and psychological investigation, it was determined that this one mistake should not bar her for consideration as a leader.”

So far, the Diocese has handled this situation about right.  The investigation is ongoing and Cook hasn’t been charged with anything yet.  If she is and she pleads guilty, immediately resigns and accepts whatever punishment the court chooses to impose, Cook will go a long way toward making all this go away because those actions would display fruits worthy of repentance.

But if it turns out that drugs or alcohol were indeed involved in this tragedy, if Cook doesn’t resign, if the Diocese doesn’t expect her to (under the pretense of how “forgiving” Christians are supposed to be), and if it turns out that Cook’s 2010 DUI was kept secret, I don’t see how the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland can or will ever recover.

HOW THE PROUD DO FALL………………..

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 8 Comments

As is so often the case, I can’t claim to be a source for major news; that goes to Blazing Cat Fur, who posted this link:

Episcopal Bishop in Hit and Run Crash

Bishops

Bill (not IB)

YIN/YANG

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Sometimes story headlines are unintentionally hilarious.  Now and then, they’re brilliant.

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