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Clarity, Charity, & San Francisco

Marc Andrus, the Episcopal Church’s bishop of San Francisco wrote a bitchy public letter “welcoming” the new Roman Catholic bishop to the city. Robbie George isn’t bothered one bit:

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.”

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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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