Posted by Christopher Johnson | Thursday, October 4th, 2012 | Uncategorized | 35 Comments
Remember the barely-disguised scorn and contempt in that letter
San Francisco California Episcopal Bishop Marc Andrus wrote the other day on the occasion of the installation of Salvatore Cordileone, San Francisco’s new Roman Catholic archbishop?
On the Feast of Saint Francis, patron saint of our city by the bay, Salvatore Cordileone will be installed as the Roman Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco. The announcement of his appointment by Pope Benedict has come with mixed reactions and feelings from San Franciscans of all or no faith tradition. Bishop Cordileone was an active supporter of Proposition 8, which I and the other Episcopal bishops throughout California opposed.
Archbishop-designate Cordileone’s predecessor and I have worked closely and fruitfully on reducing extreme poverty globally through the Millennium Development Goals. At the same time as we did this important work together, we took very different public positions on Proposition 8. We can and must both work together for the world’s good, and it is equally important, as I say in most of my blessings at the conclusion of the Eucharist, that “we make no peace with oppression.” The recognition of the dignity and rights, within civil society and the Church of lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgendered people, and of women are as core to our proclamation of the Gospel as our solidarity with the poor, with victims of violence and political oppression, and with the Earth.
In working together with the Archdiocese of San Francisco, however, I will not change my course with regard to the full inclusion of all people in the full life of the church. I hope that public disagreements can be handled respectfully and that criticisms of public statements may be met with mutual respect. Some Catholics may find themselves less at home with Salvatore Cordileone’s installation and they may come to The Episcopal Church. We should welcome them as our sisters and brothers.
Even as we welcome those who may join us and look for ways to work with our Roman Catholic siblings in the faith, we will not be silenced in our proclamation of God’s inclusion. Our ecumenical partnership should be founded in our following Christ and shared service. It is our Christian duty to take stands in public or from our pulpits when others — especially those of our own faith — are in error and trying to suppress the rights of others who, too, have been created in God’s image.
Come to find out that sometimes that sort of thing can cost you. Apparently, the Archdiocese has decided that it knows perfectly well what Andrus really thinks and that it’s through playing pretend.
The Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus, Episcopal Bishop of California and an invited guest for the installation of Archbishop-designate Salvatore Cordileone, was not allowed to be seated. He was escorted to a basement room at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral and detained by an usher until the time the service began, whereupon Bishop Andrus left the cathedral. More information will be forthcoming as it is available.
UPDATE: According to the Associated Press, this was all a misunderstanding. And if anything, Marc Andrus is now not only a rude, disrespectful, passive-aggresive lout, he is also a whiny, petulant little baby.
Meanwhile, interfaith tensions over the marriage issue threatened to mar Cordileone’s day. The Rev. Marc Andrus, the Episcopal bishop for Northern California and a strong same-sex marriage supporter, reported that he was snubbed when he showed up for the cathedral service, which came three days after Andrus had written an open letter offering a spiritual home to any Catholics who felt disowned by the archbishop’s views.
Andrus said he was taken to a basement room with other invited guests, then left waiting as ushers showed everyone but him to their seats in the sanctuary, Joseph Mathews, an Episcopal spokesman said. He was still waiting when the mass had started, so he left, Mathews said.
San Francisco Archdiocese spokesman George Wesolek chalked it up to a misunderstanding. Andrus had arrived late and missed the procession of interfaith clergy who were to be seated up front. Church staff were looking for an opportunity to bring the bishop in without disrupting the service, according to Wesolek. When they went to retrieve him, he had already left.
“We had no intention of excluding him at all,” Wesolek said. “If he felt like because of the wait that was insulting to him, we certainly will apologize.”
Earth to butthurt Episcopal pointy-hat: what did you expect to happen? A do-over? “Folks, the Episcopal bishop only just arrived so we’re going to start the liturgy again. Clergy, please exit by the side doors and reassemble as before. The rest of you play Angry Birds on your smart phones or something until we’re ready to go.”
Know something, Marc? If the
Epicenter of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States Archdiocese of St. Louis ever does me the honor of inviting me to a special liturgy, I’m going to be absolutely certain to get there on time. Know how I do that?
Any time I want to be sure that I get somewhere on time, I have this 100% foolproof little trick that I use that always works. Please don’t spread this around but whenever I need to get to a particular place at a particular time, I use a method that I like to call
GETTING THERE EARLY!!
Idiot. You know what you should have done, Marc? Since you got there late, you should have realized that they’d start without you, forgotten about the idea of vesting and processing in, sat in the congregation, introduced yourself to Archbishop Cordileone on the way out, explained what happened and then the two of you could have had a good laugh. But when you have a chance to throw a leftist hissy-fit, screw Christian humility.
The installation of a new Catholic archbishop doesn’t happen every day, Andrus, you douche. Catholics quite rightly consider these to be very special events, something that you make time for. It’s not just another run-of-the-mill Catholic event that you squeeze into your busy schedule and to treat it that way seems pretty damned insulting.