Ah, yes, here it finally comes to fruition: We've descended to the "your church has as evil a bunch of sinners in it as does ours." Although, I must say, I wonder if the tones of some of the replies here aren't a bit smug, both ECUSAn and Orthodox.
Let's face it, as a one-time Episcopalian (and I was one until just about a year and a half ago), I can confidently say, while there are plenty of local parishes and priests, and a handful of bishops, whom the Orthodox here on this board would find praiseworthy, as a denomination, ECUSAn morals and GenCon machinations are nothing for Christians to shout about. Frankly, I don't care if Robinson's pastoral skills are better than any man who's ever lived save our Lord alone, his public and unrepentant sin disqualifies him from ordained ministry--we don't need to go into whether his "sacrements are valid" he doesn't deserve to be in the clergy. If ECUSA were the Church of even two hundred years ago (Rome, Protestant, Orthodox, take your pick), Robinson would have been defrocked when he left his wife and daughters, lover or no.
On the other hand, it seems to me that some of the Orthodox replies have seemed (it's hard to tell with internet text) to take some sense of satisfaction that ECUSA is doing those very things Orthodox say are so evil. How is this any different than the judgmentalism of the heretical and immoral bigots that mouth off in ECUSA?
I'm sorry, whether it's Keble and Edwin, or Linus or Frobhisher, this whole discussion is turning into pointing at one another and saying "beam" and pointing at ourselves and saying "speck." Fact of the matter is, we've all got to take a good dose of humility and look at ourselves and say, "Yep, beam after all."
I am mystified that Keble and Edwin would rise to defend the highhanded, self-centered episcopal campaign of Robinson, even if that defense "merely" rises to the level of "your sin is just as bad a ours." Robinson is indefensible. Period.
But I am equally mystified that the Orthodox with whom I so strongly identify right now, though I"m not yet chrismated, would resort to the same sort of replies.
Yes, I happen to think that the sort of immorality and heresy that goes on in ECUSA is worse simply because it pawns itself off as Christian. But I am also horrified when I see legalism and judgmentalism in Orthodox leaders, instead of God-honoring humility. I know that I, as an "almost-Orthodox" (if there is such a thing), would wish that Keble and Edwin could be wooed by the joy and peace that the one Church which is Orthodoxy truly has to offer. And surely if Keble and Edwin wish us to have a less "legalistic" view of ECUSA, they would see that the p***ing match of "your leaders are just as much sinners as ours" will get them nowhere as fast.
And now I'm sure to have hacked everybody off.