The Episcopal cathedral is garnering criticism from some Episcopalians – including within the Episcopal Diocese of Washington – for hosting a regular interfaith prayer service as part of festivities marking the U.S. Presidential Inauguration, and for agreeing to send its boys choir to perform at the Inauguration itself.
There’s a lot of Anglo-Episcopal fudge in this piece, from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry down. I don’t find Anglican fudge very admirable from left or right, so let’s cut to the chase: given the Episcopal Church’s left-wing stand on just about everything, if they don’t really want to be a part in this inauguration, they just need to come out, say it, and pull out of it. It’s the same re John Lewis and all the Members of Congress boycotting the big event: if they don’t want to be there, it’s fine, don’t even add to the publicity in a response.
Of course, my home church, Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, gave him a standing ovation last month. That’s enough from an Episcopal church, and IMHO better than anything National Cathedral could do for him. Bethesda may get dirty looks from the rest of the church, but given that they send a lot of money “upstairs,” that’s about as far as it will get.