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Bishop Andrus has a few thoughts on his new Catholic counterpart

Bishop Andrus has a few thoughts on his new Catholic counterpart

Bishop Marc Andrus of the Episcopal Diocese of California has some thoughts on the appointment of Salvatore Cordileone as the Roman Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco

Archbishop-designate Cordelione’s predecessor and I have worked closely and fruitfully on reducing extreme poverty globally through the Millennium Development Goals. At the same time as we did this important work together, we took very different public positions on Proposition 8. We can and must both work together for the world’s good, and it is equally important, as I say in most of my blessings at the conclusion of the Eucharist, that “we make no peace with oppression.” The recognition of the dignity and rights, within civil society and the Church of lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgendered people, and of women are as core to our proclamation of the Gospel as our solidarity with the poor, with victims of violence and political oppression, and with the Earth.

Archbishop-designate Codelione and I share concerns for the treatment of immigrants to this country and reforming the United States’s immigration policies. Working to alleviate global poverty and change systems that disenfranchise all people are the concerns of those who follow our brother Christ, and that work is not limited to the work of bishops.

In working together with the Archdiocese of San Francisco, however, I will not change my course with regard to the full inclusion of all people in the full life of the church. I hope that public disagreements can be handled respectfully and that criticisms of public statements may be met with mutual respect. Some Catholics may find themselves less at home with Salvatore Cordileone’s installation and they may come to The Episcopal Church. We should welcome them as our sisters and brothers.

What Bishop Andrus has said today, and what Bishop Mark Beckwith of Newark said yesterday, are relevant to our last item about reaching out to spiritual refugees.


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Bill Dilworth

Here in RI our bishop, +Wolf, has gotten on fairly well with her RC counterpart, the antediluvianly conservative +Tobin. I’m very interested to see what happens to our relationship with the Diocese of Providence under our bishop-elect, (+)Knisely, especially since homosexuality is +Tobin’s bête noire. Assuming that Bishop-elect Knisely approves SSBs, I rather expect a full fledged denunciation from Bishop Tobin in his column in the the Rhode Island Catholic, “Without a Doubt.” The title seems to reflect +Tobin’s attitude to whatever course of action or opinion that he adopts.


I think Bishop Andrus must expect that Abp Cordelione will, in reaction, deny that TEC (in addition to not being “Catholic”, as the RC hierarchy believes it owns the term) is a Church or even Christian, and is sold-out to contemporary culture (“the World, Flesh and the Devil”?)

Both men will honor and (liturgically) pray to “Jesus Christ”. Both read the same set of Scriptures (w/ some numbering differences). Both study the Traditions of the Early Church. But beyond that, it’s hard to see that the religion of the two men has much in common. It’s sad—it’s like the last 50 years of ecumenism never happened…

JC Fisher

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