Posted by Christopher Johnson | Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 | Uncategorized | 53 Comments
People often ask me, “Chris? How does one go about getting ‘beatified’ by the Episcopal Organization?” An excellent question.
There are a number of possible approaches you can take. You can, for example, lead an exemplary and influential Christian life, whether or not you had ever seen the inside of an Episcopal or Anglican church or whether or not you had gone home to the Lord well before the invention of the Anglican tradition.
If you’ve led what most people consider to be a good life, you don’t even have to be a Christian; Episcopalians aren’t dogmatic about these matters. But if none of that works, you can always try regularly jamming something into the skulls of infants, sucking out their brains, hacking them to pieces and causing them to die the most painful and hideous deaths imaginable:
Liberal religious groups joined secular pro-choice organizations Monday to mourn as a martyr one of the country’s most famous providers of late-term abortions.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Boston held an evening memorial service where the Very Rev. Katherine Ragsdale, president of Episcopal Divinity School in nearby Cambridge, was one of several scheduled speakers.
“This is about the loss of a man who was a saint and a martyr,” she said in an interview before the service. “He was a prayerful man who put his life at risk to protect others and died for it. People are in shock, outrage and mourning. They need a place to go.”
Ms. Ragsdale said she once visited Dr. Tiller’s clinic in Wichita to defend it from anti-abortion protests. She has been excoriated on conservative Web sites for a July 21, 2007, speech in Birmingham, Ala., where she called abortion “a blessing.”
A group called Faith Aloud – formerly the Missouri Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice – expected to draw at least 100 people to an interfaith memorial service at St. John’s Episcopal Church in St. Louis, organized by the Rev. Rebecca Turner, a Disciples of Christ minister and executive director of Faith Aloud.
“He was a hero to many abortion clinic workers, who were aware of his incredible courage and bravery,” Ms. Turner said. “I knew him personally, so this will be a service of mourning for his wonderful life. He is the first abortion provider to put a chapel inside his clinic, and he had a chaplain on duty to work with all of his patients.”
UPDATE: Mrs. Schori weighs in.
I am horrified to learn of the murder of Dr. Tiller, made even more painful for occurring in a place of worship and sanctuary. I pray for him and for his family, that all may know they are held in the palm of God’s hand. I also pray for those who believe that violence is ever the answer to disputes or differences, that they, too, may be healed.
UPDATE: Tiller’s Episcopal sainthood may just have legs if Katie Rags has anything to say about it.
A vigil held June 1 at Boston’s St. Paul’s Cathedral in memory of slain abortion doctor George Tiller was not only an opportunity to grieve his death and celebrate his life; it was also a huge evangelism opportunity, according to the Rev. Katherine Ragsdale, president and dean-elect of Episcopal Divinity School.
In remarks during the vigil at the cathedral, Dean Ragsdale called Dr. Tiller “a saint” whose work was consistent with the teachings of The Episcopal Church.
UPDATE: The Tiller Episco-beatification picks up speed as the Episcopal Women’s Caucus issues this repulsive statement.
The Episcopal Women’s Caucus joins people of faith everywhere in our shock and deep sadness at the violent murder of Dr. George Tiller, who was gunned down Sunday morning, the Day of Pentecost, at The Reformation Lutheran Church, where he was a long time member.