A Real “Alhamdulillah” Moment: Bishop John Chane Retires

It’s the only word that really “captures the moment” about this event:

Washington Episcopal Bishop John B. Chane announced Saturday he will retire in the fall of 2011, saying it was “time to elect a younger person to lead what I consider to be the best and one of the most influential dioceses in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.”

Speaking to about 325 attendees at the annual diocesan convention at the Washington National Cathedral, Bishop Chane, 65, admitted he was stepping down during a time of flagging growth and stagnant giving in the 42,000-member diocese.

I wonder why the growth flags…

John Chane main claim to the “Inconsistency is the Hobgoblin of Little Minds Award” is this:

The Anglican/Episcopal world has been regaled with the strange relationship between Episcopal Bishop of Washington (DC) John Chane and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. While promoting the complete acceptance of homosexuality in the life of the Episcopal Church, Chane has cultivated his friendship with a man whose regime hangs homosexuals from truck cranes.

If John Chane’s friends succeed, the only residue of the Diocese of Washington will be in Rock Creek Cemetery.

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