- The Washington Times - Friday, July 17, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

It is ironic that the presiding bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church, Katharine Jefferts Schori, is calling on the Archbishop of Canterbury “not to foment schism in America,” as The Washington Times reported (“Further schism warned over gays by Episcopals,” Top News, Monday). Is the Archbishop of Canterbury responsible for the self-destruction that has ravaged the national church in recent years? It would seem that the Episcopal leadership bears much of that responsibility.

The traditional teachings of the church — that homosexuality is immoral — have fallen on deaf ears since the ordination of the Rev. Gene Robinson in 2003. Unless the church experiences a spiritual revival, the church is unlikely to survive as we know it.

If the presiding bishop truly believes that “schism is not a Christian act,” as she reminded the Church of England, why is she still embracing the radical social agenda that precipitated this crisis? That, it would seem, is the crux of the problem.

BRIAN STUCKEY

Denver

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