Katharine Jefferts-Schori: Pushing People Towards the Margins

If you are given the opportunity to talk long and frequently long enough, you will blurt out the truth, as Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori did in New Zealand:

Disagreement with The Episcopal Church about gay bishops is one thing: but why have those two ordinations provoked such intense antagonism?

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori told yesterday’s Q&A session at Te Hepara Pai that she figures that’s about loss of power.

“I think it represents the pain and discomfort of people who used to be at the centre, and who are now finding themselves being moved to the margins.

“In my context, 200 years ago the landed white gentry were in control of a monoculture. ‘Now all of these people have come along and messed with that: how dare they?’”

She finally admits what I’ve said for a long time: what this whole business is about is not inclusion or tolerance, but replacing one predominant, empowered group with another.  It’s that simple, and perhaps the fact that she was on the other side of the world removed some of her inhibitions.  Or perhaps she has become so triumphalistic that she doesn’t care whether the truth comes out or not.  Either way, she has ceded the moral high ground (assuming she had any, which I doubt) in a big way.

The trout in the milk, for her at least, is the Africans.  They have been disempowered par excellence, and now that’s changing.  And guess at whose expense?  Perhaps she is expressing her own state.  She and those of her idea have been pushing orthodox Episcopalians towards the margins (and out of the church in many cases) for many years.  Now, perhaps, she and her allies are being pushed by the Africans out of the Communion.

As we say in the hills, some days you eat the bear, and some days the bear eats you…

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