Bishop Brewer baptizes Baby Jack

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1015am Rite II service, the Right Rev. Gregory O. Brewer, Bishop of the Central Florida Diocese baptized Jackson Canut McCaffrey; the son of Rich and Eric McCaffrey. The baptism took place at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke Orlando on the day of the Cathedral’s Patronal Feast.

The parents of little Jack held hands and embraced during the baptism and the walls of the Cathedral did not come tumbling down, nor did anyone get up and
walk out.

It was truly a beautiful day.

 

For some history read here.

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Eric Bonetti
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Eric Bonetti

It's illustrative to change the underlying issue and ask what the result would be. What if the baby's parents had been mixed race? Would cathedral staff have asked for time alone to sort out the issue if that were the case?

Let's call a spade a spade. This is a case of prejudice, pure and simple.

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Chris Cooper
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Chris Cooper

There was at least a postponement of the baptism due to concerns about the sexuality of the fathers that was communicated to the fathers by the Dean. If you have different information, please share. Also, the sermon from the Canon following this horrific denial of baptism is proof enough as to where his heart lies. I know good people who have left the church some for good others for friendlier dioceses due to the hate that has been practiced at St. Luke's under this dean, the current bishop and the previous bishop.

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Ric Schopke
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Ric Schopke

There were two baptisms that Sunday at the Cathedral, although only one made it into this report. Two children were welcomed into the family of God, two sets of parents and friends rejoiced. And there will be another baptism next Sunday. And that was only a part of a beautiful service.
There was great music sung and played to the glory of God, prayer, the reading and hearing of God's Scripture, an excellent sermon by the bishop, and a grace-filled celebration of the Eucharist. There was so much more than just one baptism.

I had decided not to comment, until I read the misinformation about a refusal of baptism and the hurtful remarks about the Dean and Canon. My wife and I began attending the Cathedral a few years ago and found love, hope, peace, and healing from God, the Cathedral family, and from the clergy and staff, including the Dean and Canon (who are kind, caring, compassionate men of God). I realize that people are concerned about this story, but I wish there had not been so much misinformation, mischaracterization, and assumptions about a church family that has beautifully represented the Body of Christ. May God's peace and blessing be with you all.

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Geoff McLarney
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Geoff McLarney

There is a point embedded in Ric's comment, to be sure. It reminds me of an ordination I went to some time ago at which there was an objection, because one of the ordinands was civilly married to his husband, even though fidelity within marriage and chastity without is the standard for all ordinands in my diocese. (Several other ordinands that day were also married, but only one was the subject of the objection.)

Initially, I felt badly for that one ordinand, whose "Axios" moment had been so marred, and for his family. But as someone pointed out afterward, there were others being ordained that day as well, and their own "moment" of calling was drowned out in the drama surrounding the one ordinand. Selective moral judgment hurts everyone.

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Ric - In the DCF there are sinners, and then there are SINNERS. It's ok in this "biblically based" diocese to be an adulterous priest and preach on divorce, and we'll bless the pigs, turtles, and goats in our barnyards, but God forbid two women or two men be in love in a monogamous relationship for 50 years or more! You are accepted because you're in a " traditional"marriage, probably wealthy and most probably white. That about covers the bases for St Luke's Cathedral in the Diocese of Central Florida. No offense to the few who do not fit the latter categories.

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David Allen
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David Allen

There is no misinformation about a refusal of baptism.

White folk don't usually see white privilege either. You and your wife were the "right kind of folk" to receive that reception.

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David Allen
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David Allen

But that that were all that was needed to be the "right kind of folk" in the diocese of Central FL and the Cathedral parish of St Luke; the simple heirs of the rights and privileges of all the baptized. But there is the testimony of those here in this thread that bears witness to a different truth.

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Ric Schopke
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Ric Schopke

Yes, I guess I am " 'the right kind of folk' to receive that reception": like everyone else who comes to Jesus, a sinner in need of the grace of God the father expressed through the love of Jesus, who died and rose again, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. This has been extended through the body of Christ (both in the form of the Cathedral congregation and the Holy Eucharist). May God's grace and mercy be yours (and all who write and comment on this site ) as you follow in God's name and service.

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Chris Cooper
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Chris Cooper

Happy to see baby Jack baptized. Also happy to see the hateful tenures of Dean Tony Clark and Canon Gary L'Hommedieu (especially the Canon) come to an end at the cathedral... let's hope they don't drop another one like them into the dean's stall.

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Jay Croft
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Jay Croft

Sarah, you must have missed the brouhaha of several months ago wherein the dean of the cathedral, whose name is French for "Man of God," refused to baptize Baby Jack.

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David Allen
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David Allen

That isn't the dean's name, that is the name of the canon in that parish. The dean's surname is Clark.

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Sarah Hajduk
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Sarah Hajduk

I see no controversy. Two adults fell in love. They adopted a baby. The couple love God so they want their son to get to know Him. They brought their baby to God's house to make a friendship commitment! Where's the problem?!

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Mark Mason
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Mark Mason

I’ve never understood how it works. When I worked at Vital Records we had a couple come in to sign a paternity affidavit. With the mother was her adult daughter. The father was also signing a paternity affidavit for her son too. The two sons were born within a month of each other. Is there something that says all three parents can’t have the children baptized at the same time? These parents can’t be married civilly or in the church. If one, two or all three parents are baptized does their marital status have any bearing on the baptism of their children? If it doesn’t matter for one or three I don’t see why it should matter for two.

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Donna Sams
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Donna Sams

The Baby was being baptized into that church. The parents marital/sexual habits were not. Let us all be happy for this sweet child.

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Geoff McLarney
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Geoff McLarney

"Sexual habits"?

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Victor Cornetto
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Victor Cornetto

Thanks be to God for this, but does little for our problem. We will be forced to join another denomination because when we move to Central Florida we will not be accepted in any church in our area.

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Chris Cooper
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Chris Cooper

Victor, from what I see online Atonement Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Orlando might be a safe place, though I'm not sure how far you'll be from there. Wish you the best!

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Fr. John Farrell
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Fr. John Farrell

I've had two brushes with this diocese. Twenty years ago I was a finalist for the position of chaplain at Rollins College. I withdrew when I discovered the diocesan policy was not to license unmarried priests. Several years ago I looked at winter homes in Orlando and Winter Park, but stopped when, upon inquiry, I learned again no license would be forthcoming.

This brouhaha over baptism is perfectly consistent with my experience of these people.

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Jay Croft
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Jay Croft

Good Lord!

So, if a priest becomes a widow or a widower in that diocese, the license is rescinded?

Come to think of it--Disney World is in that diocese. Mickey Mouse and Minnie had, and probably still have, a rather odd and vague relationship.

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Jay Croft
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Jay Croft

Victor, may I suggest that upon moving to Central Florida, you interview the clergy of nearby Episcopal churches to find the "tone" of each church?

Sometimes the smaller churches are more welcoming than the larger, more monolithic, clergy-centric churches.

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Eric Bonetti
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Eric Bonetti

The fact that there was any issue at all is appalling. Even if, arguendo, one concludes that homosexuality is wrong, wouldn't your first step in addressing the issue be to encourage the couple to engage in the life of the church?

I am glad at the outcome, but this has been a dreadful debacle.

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Fr. John Farrell
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Fr. John Farrell

Good grief. It's about time. The parents are patient people, very patient. Where was the reluctant dean?

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June Butler
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Good news! So pleased for Rich and Eric and Baby Jack.

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Bonnie Chappell
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Bonnie Chappell

Joyous ocassion and praise the Lord! But, it looks like a very empty church from here ...... Obviously not during the am mass....... God's Blessings Y'all from Maine.

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Anne Bay
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Anne Bay

Beautiful church. Very sweet for all.

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Leslie Scoopmire
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It took this long? Good grief.

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Peter Faass
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Peter Faass

Nothing spreads the Word more than loving one another as we have been loved by Jesus.
What, this issue was somehow unimportant? A distraction from proclaiming the Gospel?
I think not!

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Clark Hendley
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Clark Hendley

Great! Now can we get back to the business of spreading the word?

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Mark Archer
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Mark Archer

Nothing "spreads the Word" more than witnessing a baptism.

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JC Fisher
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JC Fisher

^ This! 😀

TBTG for our new royal priest, Jackson Canut McCaffrey!

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