The new head of the Episcopal Divinity School, in Cambridge, MA, is a lesbian, who is quoted as saying, "Abortion is a blessing." The article appeared in a recent issue of The Boston Phoenix, a newspaper I only use to line the floor, for my beagles, while I'm at work. I think I still have a copy if anyone is interested in starting a new topic. Its an eye opener.
Thank you for sharing this. Some of my fellow students and co-workers in my secular, state-sponsored Religious Studies program are Episcopalians. This reflects the attitudes of every single one of these individuals. One such student plans to attend a theological seminary in California after completing her master's degree, as it has always been her dream to be a priestess. She left the Roman Catholic Church several years ago to be able to fulfill this dream.
When these people found out I was becoming Orthodox, their reaction was less than enthusiastic. They see the Orthodox Church as even more backwards than the Roman Catholic Church; still being light years away from championing the rights of women. They are right in many ways, but whatever good intentions they may have, they are primarily social activists. Seekers of a pious life seems to be at the bottom of their list of priorities.
Funny you should say that: the site I got the picture from has this wisdom that dreweled out of you know who's mouth:
Spong has learned much since those days, having talked to psychologists to investigate the cause and root of homosexuality and over time firmly feels that a gay lifestyle is perfectly acceptable in the eyes of God. Why do Christian Churches teach that homosexuality is wrong? “Prejudice and ignorance distorts a person’s mind,” Spong suggests. If you feel that way towards gay people, “your faith is simply window dressing over your prejudism,” he said. http://www.stjoan.com/er7/spong/spong.htm
Just change that to:Why do liberal Christian Churches teach that homosexuality, abortion etc. are right? “Pride, libertinsim, ignorance and leftist social activism distorts a person’s mind,” If you feel that way towards traditionalist and conservative people, “your faith is simply window dressing over your prejudism and leftist activism."
Btw, our priest was once candidate for Episcopal bishop: he was black balled for one thing because he reaffirmed his belief in the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves. He had reviewed the candidates for the priesthood at an Episcopal seminary. He found the only candidate worthy was a woman. She ended up Orthodox though, the wife of our first priest. Memory Eternal Khouriya April!