Bizarro Land

Chris Johnson has his latest Anglican Investigator series up, at least the first part. Made me think of Bizarro Superman.

The crazy part is, as the Episcopal/Anglican world fractures, it is easy to forget (especially if you really didn’t know in the first place) that we really were one Christian family, and a small one and that when you think about it, particularly in the instance of the Episcopal Church.

Sometime, to journey into Bizarro land, you should check out who ordained and consecrated who by going to ECDPlus – the Episcopal directory of clergy.

Well for instance – did you know that Bishop Schofield was ordained to diaconate by Bishop Pike? That his co-consecrators were Bishops Browning and Swing?

Things that make you go, hmmmmm. And I say, co-consecrators lightly, inasmuch as wherever Browning appears, you can bet it was because he was PB and technically chief consecrator. But, the outgoing Diocesan Bishop is usually involved and is kind of a so what from that standpoint.

How about some others? Like my own bishop had, as co-consecrators, William Smalley (Bishop of Kansas who later that year would announce his intentions to bless same sex unions) and Bishop Borsch (well, his old boss form Los Angeles.)

Bishop Duncan, the Moderator of the Anglican Communion Network, had as co-consecrators Peter Lee and Edmund Browning.

Bishop Howe, on the other hand, was consecrated by Browning (he was PB) and the Bishop of Pittburgh, Hathaway, and Bishop Frey of Colorado. Incredible conservative credentials…

Yes, Bishop Browning laid hands on Iker too. He also laid hands on Bishop Jenkins of Louisiana – along with Bishops Brown (no surprise) and Bishop Salmon of South Carolina. Jenkins is a Nashotah House grad as well. (Note: Bishop Jenkins emailed and said that Griswold, not Browning, consecrated him.)

So, take a look around and who ordained and consecrated who on ECDPlus and find the bizarre. Of course, some things just aren’t so bizarre, like the fact that Bishop Robinson came up in the Diocese of Newark.

On a more theological note, it is precisely why the Donatist heresy is a heresy. It is also why sacraments are outward and visiable signs of inward and spiritual graces, but that the outward sign can be meaningless if the spiritual grace does not accompany it.

7 Responses to “Bizarro Land”


  1. 1 Katherine January 15, 2008 at 6:40 am

    Of more concern to the Common Cause effort is what bishops were consecrated by women bishops. With Schori as PB, pretty much all the consecrations from now on will be tainted unless there are three male bishops involved also (or does the chief consecrator determine?). This is not because of Schori’s beliefs but because of the traditionalist view that a woman is unable to be a valid bishop.

  2. 2 Chad January 15, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Brad,
    Unless I’m typing something in wrong, it appears that JD Schofield has already been removed from the ECD. That’s a pretty quick move for TEC . . .and a bit premature since he has only been inhibited and not yet deposed. Or could it be that he was removed when he left TEC in December?

    Chad

  3. 3 descant January 15, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Chad:

    All I can say is that it happened last night. Wow.

  4. 4 Christopher Cantrell+ January 15, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    According to an official answer on the HoB/D list the list is only for clergy “in good standing” and they consider inhibitions as a change in standing to “not so good.” It is also updated nightly.

  5. 5 art+ January 16, 2008 at 2:46 am

    If you check for KJS you won’t find her as an active clergy in TEC

  6. 6 art+ January 16, 2008 at 2:53 am

    I met William Smalley in ’95 at a conference in Boulder City, Nevada. At that time he was bragging about performing same sex blessings and there were protests from in his words “homophobes”. He didn’t care and said he was going to continue doing them.

  7. 7 anglicanprayer January 16, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    art+, what are you talking about re: KJS?

    Here is her record at ECD Plus:
    http://www.ecdplus.org/clergy/?clergyID=50507

    Search under Jefferts


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