Posted by Christopher Johnson | Monday, October 8th, 2012 | Uncategorized | 23 Comments
Welcome back to This Week. My next guest is Governor Mitt...uh...who are you?
Hi, Jake. I'm Marc Andrus, Episcopal bishop of the Diocese of California.
What are you...um...doing here?
The issue of religious bigotry and extremism is far more important than some political candidate so I told that person, whoever he was, that I would be replacing him.
Uh...I guess that's true. The issue of Islamic extremism continues to plague this country's...
Islamic extremism? What in the world is that? I was referring to the most important problem plaguing our world today. Christian extremism.
Specifically to a recent incident that most Americans believe is the SINGLE most serious example of religious bigotry, one might even go so far as to call it religious violence, in the lifetime of everyone watching this program.
What might that be?
The fact that I was denied the opportunity to participate in the installation of Salvatore Cordileone, the new Roman Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco.
I heard something about that. If I remember correctly, the Archdiocese said you were late.
That's not true, Jake. I got there with time to spare. It says so on my blog.
What about the Archdiocese's claim that there was a mix-up? Wires get crossed at events like these all the time.
At an event involving hundreds of clergy that only happens every 10 or 15 years? That's not very plausible, Jake.
What do you think the problem was, Bishop?
It was obviously because of the Episcopal Church's uncompromising stand for the inclusion of gays and lesbians in all areas of church life.
Either that or those passive-aggressive insults in that letter to the Diocese you wrote had something to do with it.
What in the world are you talking about, Jake? I was being honest and forthright about our disagreements.
I don't know how Episcopalians do things but if I honestly believe and tell my next-door neighbor that his home decor blows and his kids are butt-ugly, I really don't have any right to complain if I don't get invited to his cookouts.
The two situations are not comparable. I was just declaring where I believed the Roman church was wrong.
The Roman Catholic Church is wrong.
Yet you wanted to participate in this consecration anyway.
Jake, how can the Roman church know where it is in error if we don't talk to one another?
Actually, Bishop, I've heard other rumors about why you were late for this service.
I WAS NOT LATE!!
I read somewhere or other that you were sleeping off a major-league bender.
Then how do you explain this?
That was taken during an anti-war protest!!
According to you. But how are you...CHORTLE...holding up under the stress of this...CHORTLE...incident of religious...hee, hee, hee..."bigotry?"
What's so funny? And why did you make quotation marks with your fingers?
No reason. So how are you holding up?
This has obviously been a traumatic experience for me and for Episcopalians everywhere and we're all dealing with it as effectively as we possibly can.
How are you personally dealing with it?
NBC has green-lighted a fictionalized account of my ordeal so I'm heavily involved on the production end of that.
I'll have a book out this fall. And the Episcopal Church has asked me to help them develop an anti-bigotry ad campaign.
The campaign is tentatively titled Bigotry Leaves Out Wonder and Makes Enemies and it will feature the talents of...
Bishop, that's all the time we have. We'll be sure to keep an eye out for your BLOW-ME ad campaign. Coming up next is our roundtable discussion. We'll be right back.