Posted by Christopher Johnson | Monday, March 30th, 2009 | Uncategorized | 89 Comments
Or, why I no longer recognize Episcopalians as Christians. Seems that the new president and dean of the Episcopal Why Don’t We Take That Stupid Word Divinity Out Of The School Name Since All Of Us Stopped Believing That Stupid Mythological Crap A Long Time Ago School will be a woman for whom abortion is about the closest thing her religion, whichever one that might be, has to a sacrament:
EDS is pleased to announce the appointment of Katherine Hancock Ragsdale as the school’s sixth president and dean. In making this announcement, EDS trustee chair Brett Donham said, “The Search Committee presented to the Board of Trustees The Reverend Katherine Ragsdale as its unanimous recommendation for president and dean of Episcopal Divinity School. Katherine’s gifts, skills, and experience are an excellent match with the criteria established by the Search Committee, both in terms of the current challenges and opportunities at EDS and the personal attributes we were looking for in a new leader.” Ragsdale will join EDS full time beginning July 1, 2009.
And when a woman becomes pregnant within a loving, supportive, respectful relationship; has every option open to her; decides she does not wish to bear a child; and has access to a safe, affordable abortion – there is not a tragedy in sight — only blessing. The ability to enjoy God’s good gift of sexuality without compromising one’s education, life’s work, or ability to put to use God’s gifts and call is simply blessing.
These are the two things I want you, please, to remember – abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Let me hear you say it: abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done.
I want to thank all of you who protect this blessing – who do this work every day: the health care providers, doctors, nurses, technicians, receptionists, who put your lives on the line to care for others (you are heroes — in my eyes, you are saints); the escorts and the activists; the lobbyists and the clinic defenders; all of you. You’re engaged in holy work.
So. Rev. Mengele thinks that snuffing out the life of your baby simply because you’d rather not take the pay cut right now is a blessed, saintly and holy act. She has no more concern for the unborn than she has for a dead goldfish.
One wonders whether the loathsome fraud thinks infanticide is equally blessed, saintly and holy. If you happen to make it out of Mom without getting your brains sucked out of your head or getting cut up into filets, are you home free? And if so, why?
After all, the only difference between me on October 29, 1955 and me a day later was the umbilical cord. Had my mom had second thoughts about yet another kid and told Deaconess Hospital in Billings, Montana to put me in a room and leave me there, I would have cashed in my stack in a very short time.
Problem solved. Mom and Dad would probably have remained in Billings, a place both loved, and been a lot happier.
It is interesting that more and more, the Episcopalians aren’t even trying to hide their radicalism. Why should they, since Rowan Williams essentially signed off on it by inviting them to the last Lambeth Conference and since conservative primates have so far done nothing but rhetorically posture?
This is, of course, one more thing for conservative Episcopalians to rationalize away. And in this particular case, I don’t really want to hear, “Well, that’s horrifying and I certainly don’t agree with Katie Rags!”
Because the fact is that a principal seminary of the organization in which you think you’re called to remain thought that hiring this vile, disgusting piece of moral crap was a perfectly splendid idea. Like it or not, this is what you’re yoked to.
UPDATE: Lest you think that Katie Rags is just some isolated radical whack job, Tommy Three-Sticks is delighted by this appointment:
The Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw, EDS trustee[and Episcopal Bishop of Massachusetts], said, “I am thrilled with the appointment of Katharine Ragsdale as the president and dean of EDS. She brings a wealth of small parish ministry to her new position and it is critical that the new president and dean be able to train and form parish priests for the growth of progressive parishes across the country. She brings a wealth of experience, talent and creativity to this new position.”
UPDATE: So is Susan Russell.
UPDATE: As is Vermont Bishop Tom Ely.
The Rt. Rev. Thomas Ely, EDS trustee and search committee member, said, “The search committee sees in Katherine the right combination of a person of immense faith, demonstrated organizational and team leadership ability, a passion for academic excellence and quality theological education, formidable development skills, and the ability to be a strong, articulate, and inspiring voice for the mission of EDS, both within the Episcopal Church and beyond. From among the many gifted candidates we interviewed, Katherine Ragsdale overwhelmingly stands out as the one best equipped and called to lead EDS into this next exciting and promising chapter of our life and mission.”