The story of two bishops dominated the Episcopal Café in October.
The Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus, Bishop of California, offered a reflection on his new Roman Catholic counterpart, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. For his troubles he was denied a seat at the new archbishop's installation, and then had to set straight archdiocesan spinners trying to pin the blame for their rudeness on him.
Meanwhile, Bishop Mark Lawrence and the majority of the clergy and lay people of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina were in the midst of the long and bizarre process of separating themselves from the Episcopal Church while arguing that they were doing nothing of the kind, when a disciplinary board "certified" that Lawrence had abandoned the communion of the church. This led to various well-read attempts to figure out just who was most responsible for the mess we had once again gotten ourselves into.
In November, South Carolina went ahead and voted to leave the church but keep the name and the property, and the rest of the church, of course, was not pleased about that. In her pastoral letter on the situation, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori reached out to member of the diocese who had remained loyal to the church and promised assistance and support.
Our other top story in November focused on Bishop Scott Benhase of Georgia, who authorized a rite for blessing same-sex relationships, but did so in a way that it alienated people predisposed to think well of him.
Justin Welby was named to succeed Rowan Williams as Archbishop of Canterbury, but the news leaked out over the course of a few weeks, and so didn't produce a top item. However, the Church of England's profoundly embarrassing inability to pass legislation authorizing the ordination of women as bishops did.
In December the Presiding Bishop announced that she was accepting Bishop Lawrence's renunciation of ordained ministry, a renunciation he said he had not made.
Then, in fairly short order, the Newtown massacre focused all of our attention on the issues of gun violence, and inspired this well-read sermon by Bishop Marianne Edgar Budde of Washington.
On Christmas Day came the sad news that Bishop Jane Dixon, the second woman to serve as bishop in the Episcopal Church had died in her sleep.