Posted by Christopher Johnson | Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 | Uncategorized | 13 Comments

Since the Anglican controversy has largely receded from public attention, there don’t seem to be as many vile public Anglicans around as there used to be.  All those lawsuits put Mrs. Schori in the conversation but she’s just about the only one left.  Spong’s in his dotage, I still can’t take Rowan Williams seriously while Frank Griswold is retired and Frank was never a bad guy anyway.  He was just wrong practically all the time.

That’s why I was delighted to see this interview with retired Episcopal bishop George Packard who thinks that the filthy Occupy hippies are the FUTURE, baby, and that Christians need to get out of their FREAKING barns and start breaking some FREAKING bank windows because Jesus was all about sticking it to the Man, baby:

”Arrests are not arrests anymore,” Packard said as we talked Friday in a restaurant overlooking Zuccotti Park in New York. ”They are badges of honor. They are, as you are taken away with your comrades, exhilarating. The spirit is calling us now into the streets, calling us to reject the old institutional orders. There is no going back. You can’t sit anymore in churches listening to stodgy liturgies. They put you to sleep. Most of these churches are museums with floorshows. They are a caricature of what Jesus intended. Jesus would be turning over the money-changing tables in their vestibules. Those in the church may be good-hearted and even well-meaning, but they are ignoring the urgent, beckoning call to engage with the world. It is only outside the church that you will find the spirit of God and Christ. And with the rise of the Occupy movement it has become clear that the institutional church has failed. It mouths hollow statements. It publishes pale Lenten study tracts. It observes from a distance without getting its hands dirty. It makes itself feel good by doing marginal charitable works, like making cocoa for Occupy protesters or providing bathrooms from 9 to 5 at Trinity Church’s Charlotte’s Place. We don’t need these little acts of charity. We need the church to have a real presence on the Jericho Road. We need people in the church to leave their comfort zones, to turn away from the hierarchy, and this is still terrifying to a lot of people in the church and especially the church leadership.”

“Hey!!  You!!  What did you just do?!!”

“I gave a thirsty disciple a cup of cold water, Bishop.”

Is that all?!!  Well, la de freakin’ da!!  Do you seriously think that punkass crap like that means anything any more, you pathetic loser?!!

“I’m sorry, Bishop, but I just thought that…”

SHUT THE HELL UP!!  YOU MAKE ME SICK!!  Now either start putting your SORRY ASS on the line by doing something that ACTUALLY MAKES A DIFFERENCE or just keep going to the shows in your stupid little stained-glass CLUBHOUSE and stay THE HELL out of our way!!

“Bishop, that’s not a very nice thing to…”

I’m trying to be prophetic here so STICK A SOCK IN IT!!

Some of Naughton’s entourage had interesting reactions to Bishop Douchebag.  They were almost uniformly negative, sometimes fiercely so.  These two are typical.

One might compare the remarks reported here with Martin Luther King, I doubt that King verbally spit in the faces of his enemies and I am certain he didn’t do that to his allies.  In this case [Packard’s] remarks spit on the work of multitudes of faithful Christians who struggle every day to live out the Gospel. 

This should offend just about anyone who pledges, sits in a pew, or does anything within the four walls of a church building, including the clergy. An otherwise prophetic call to action was scuttled with that one statement. The fact that it was uttered by a bishop who owes his livelihood to a church he now has no use for simply adds to the tragedy. Call the moribund church to action, yes, but not be essentially saying that God has left the building.

As Jesus told us, any service to God, however small, is acceptable in His sight and will have its reward.  That the old fraud scorns this idea and apparently thinks that the only truly Christian thing to do is to camp out, beat drums, hold up cliche-riddled signs, chant brain-dead slogans, defecate in the public streets and uncover a chalice of whoopass on some “rich” person or their business suggests to me that he doesn’t know the first thing about the religion that gave him a pointy hat for some reason.

Those ladies who show up early to put flowers on the altar or make the coffee for coffee hour are serving God, Packard.  And I’ll venture to guess that their service is more important to the Lord than anything you think you’ve done lately, you posturing jackass.

13 Comments to AND NOW…IDIOTS

Robin Munn
May 9, 2012

Wuh… How did Greg Packer manage to get himself quoted in yet another news article? Don’t these reporters ever learn?

… Oh, wait. George Packard, not Greg Packer. As Emily Litella would say, “Never mind.”


May 9, 2012

So this clown’s message is: “Down with following Christ and his message of service to your neighbour and up with the violent Marxist Leninist revolution”.

One of the strongest argument I have heard against Liberation Theology is that Jesus Christ came for everybody, the rich (Joseph of Aremathea, Nicodemus, the “woman came to Him with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at the table” anyone) as well as the poor.

PS: St Paul’s message that: “…if any man will not work, neither let him eat”. No one is entitled to sponge on other people’s labour.

May 9, 2012

Like so many radicals, the bishop is still fighting the Vietnam War (in which he served) and glorying in the protests and riots of the 1960s and 1970s. He’s one of those who would like to see the street riots and the domestic terrorism return.

Scott W.
May 9, 2012

Not to worry. Since Gene Robinson was made bishop, those throngs of people coming to the Episcopal Church he predicted will rise to the challenge! Any day now.

Any day now…[checks watch]

Craig Reed
May 9, 2012

Sad. I knew George Packard when I was Navy chaplain. He was the TEC bishop of chaplaincies. At that time he seemed to be a gentle soul and possessed a great charity in his words.

Maybe dimentia? If not then, perhaps a product of the pervasive evil that has overtaken TEC. Either way very sad.

May 9, 2012

He keeps saying “spirit”. I do not think that word means what he thinks it means. (And, BTW, I prefer the Spirit to his “spirit” any day of the week.)

Therese Z
May 9, 2012

Bathrooms from 9 to 5 pm? Then whose problem are those darling occupiers?

How convenient – they do their almsgiving in the sight of men = business hours.

May 9, 2012

Doesn’t he know Episcopalians aren’t supposed to take the name of Trinity Church in vain? But really, why is it always in retirement that these guys feel they can finally crack wise about the lame tracts they were perfectly content with all those years? I think it’s because retired Bishop Packard is already “made,” like so many “prophetic” voices in TEc.

Don Janousek
May 9, 2012

Matthew 25:36 – “I was naked and you clothed me,I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.”

Dang! After reading what the Bish had to spew, I was certain the words “arrest” and “occupy” were in that particular phrase from Scripture.

Maybe the Bish is using the Reformed Standard Occupy Bible or somethin’.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
May 9, 2012

Will someone please drive the dear old boy back to the asylum then sit down with the administrator about keeping track of his patients?

The young fogey
May 10, 2012

What Katherine said. Mainline ministers like Bishop Packard love the late ’60s because both the new values were kicking in and the mainline still had clout, living off the capital of its past (most people still went to church), so it looked like it was leading the way.

May 10, 2012

Packard was the suffragen for the Armed Forces. Irony abounds.

Allen Lewis
May 10, 2012

I think he has gone over the edge out of guilt (or something) arising from what he did during his service in Vietnam. Sounds like he committed war crimes, was awarded for it and now feels the need to work off some form of guilt that he has developed.

The man needs our prayers and a lot of therapy, apparently.

While I have no use for the Pooh-Bahs at Trinity Wall Street, I think the bishop is wrong to condemn those who are trying to do what they consider their Christian duty. Just because he has gone over the edge, does not mean that everyone else has to do the same.

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