Clarity, Charity, & San Francisco
Some Catholics seem to have been offended by this invitation. I’m not one of them. Quite the opposite. I don’t much care for the Bishop’s manners; and I certainly don’t share his moral views; but I think it is entirely natural and reasonable for someone who strongly believes something to invite others to believe it. And it is even more natural and reasonable for someone in religious community A to invite people in religious community B who do not believe the teachings of B but do believe the teachings of A to leave B and join A. That, it seems to me, is precisely what Pope Benedict did in establishing the ordinariate for Anglicans who wish to join the Catholic Church while retaining certain aspects of their Anglican heritage.
I agree. Bp Andrus offers a fresh epistemological approach to Christian theology. Remember this from TEC’s General Convention this summer?:
Bishop Mark Lawrence of South Carolina spoke against the resolution arguing that marriage (between a man and a woman) is the only given in creation. “[Transgenderism] is an idol that will break us. The whole range of transgenderism goes contrary to the gay and lesbian debate. We are abandoning all forms of givenness.”
Mark [sic] Andrus, Bishop of California, told Bishop Waldo that the confusion is why it should be approved. The resolution passed.
Confusion is not the same thing as clarity. Christians in San Francisco should not be denied a choice based on charitable manners.
UPDATE: Then again, the head of Seattle’s prestigious Jesuit-run prep school comes out for gay marriage, calling it the conservative position. Because, you know, the movie “Up.”