Bishop Jenkins of Louisiana Announces Retirement

Read it all. BTW, when Bishop Jenkins talks about the social apostolate, he is talking about the ministries the church undertook after Hurricane Katrina, which was so very necessary even before Katrina brought the needs of southeast Louisiana to the fore.

3 Responses to “Bishop Jenkins of Louisiana Announces Retirement”


  1. 1 Creighton+ December 5, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Not good for you and others…will be praying…

  2. 2 Rob Eaton+ December 6, 2008 at 7:46 am

    I had to do a little looking myself on the bishop’s easy and quick reference to a “social apostolate.” I did figure immediately that it was a Roman Catholic buzz word, that of “apostolate.” So, when I googled with quotation marks around the two word phrase, I was not surprised to see a whole page of RC references. And glad to have most of them referencing Jesuit documents, since they would be articulate (sometimes way more than necessary).

    There is so much, but here is a URL to a helpfully descriptive webpage:
    http://www.sedos.org/english/jesuit.htm

    Briefly, I would say that a clear as it was for the more academically oriented Jesuits to find a needed balance in ministry to the poor (and clearly exemplified in the life and ministry of Ignatius himself), so Bp Jenkins understands the “social apostolate” necessary for the balancing of his own calling and ministry, having found himself hampered by the constraints of the episcopate itself, even to his physical deterioration. I would surmise the bishop appropriated the phrase for himself, not finding the phrase “peace and justice ministries” (nor the lack of biblical theological underpining so evident in TECUSA circles as compared to the rich availablity of resources associated with the (you would think synonymous) phrase “social apostolate.”
    May the one supplant the other in Anglicanism altogether.

  3. 3 Rob Eaton+ December 6, 2008 at 7:54 am

    Although I think the point was made, I left out of that last sentence some punctuation and a phrase that would help it be a complete sentence. Sorry.

    It should read:

    I would surmise the bishop appropriated the phrase for himself, not finding the phrase “peace and justice ministries” (nor the lack of biblical theological underpining so evident in TECUSA circles) not nearly as helpful nor as profound, as compared to the rich availablity of resources associated with the (you would think synonymous) phrase “social apostolate.”


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