Sunday, May 23, 2010

Christians Ejected from Episcopal Bishop Consecration

At the ceremony to consecrate the first lesbian bishop of the ECUSA, all dissenting Christians were forcibly removed, lest there be an objection to the apostasy.

-- From "Episcopal Church consecrates woman as its 2d gay bishop" by Associated Press 5/17/10

The Episcopal Church has consecrated a woman as its second openly gay bishop, seven years after stirring lingering controversy by elevating a man to a similar post.

The Rev. Canon Mary Glasspool of Baltimore
was ordained and consecrated Saturday. It also makes her one of the first two female bishops in the 114-year history of the Diocese of Los Angeles.

Just before the ceremony began, a man stood, shouted about the need to repent, and held up a sign that read “Do not be deceived, homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God."

After he was escorted out, a young boy in the same section rose holding a Bible and shouted similar slogans. Security guards also led him out.

The Rev. Canon Diane M. Jardine Bruce of San Clemente, Calif., also was ordained Saturday.

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From "L.A. region's first two female Episcopal bishops are ordained" by Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times 5/15/10

There was a moment on Saturday when even the usually unflappable J. Jon Bruno, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, held his breath.

It was the point when the 3,000 people at the Long Beach Arena were asked if anyone had any objections to the ordination of the region's first two female bishops, one of whom is the first lesbian bishop ordained by the Episcopal Church.

"I don't think there's anybody in this place who was more nervous than I was," Bruno said a short time later in his sermon.

But the moment passed in silence, and the two women — Diane Jardine Bruce and Mary Douglas Glasspool — were ordained to applause and cheers. Bruno said the church was "fuller and richer and more vital" as a result.

The head of the church, Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, said after Glasspool's election in March that it was "regrettable" and could threaten the unity of the communion.

Although no one raised any objections about the ordinations when asked during the service, it was not without disruption. A handful of protesters stood outside the arena, carrying signs and yelling slogans decrying homosexuality. And early in the service, shortly after Bruce and Jardine had taken the stage, a man seated near the front of the arena stood, waved a placard and begin shouting: "Repent of the sins of the homosexual! Repent of the sin of abortion!"

As security guards led him off, the man continued yelling. "It's an abomination! Repent! The Bible says homosexuals will not enter …" and his voice trailed off.

As the ceremony resumed, a young boy in a white shirt stood up, holding aloft what appeared to be a Bible. "Repent!" he began yelling to the startled arena. "Repent!" As he was led out, a voice called out, "We're praying for you!" The audience applauded.

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