TEO head cheese Katharine Jefferts Schori reports on her recent visit to Zimbabwe:
A crippled nation at the mercy of tyrannical leaders, Zimbabwe is home to a persecuted yet resilient community of Anglicans who’ve been victimized, intimidated and run out of their own churches by a state-supported renegade bishop and his allies.
Yet, despite being excluded from all worship spaces in Harare, “the Anglican church is growing, filled with joy, and looking outward,” Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori told Episcopal News Service following a July 29-31 visit to Zimbabwe to show support and solidarity to its beleaguered Anglicans.
So far, so good. But then old Test Pattern Head makes one of the most astonishingly boneheaded as well as incredibly offensive comparisons I’ve ever seen anybody make about anything.
“They have experienced the same kind of thing as congregations in Fort Worth and San Joaquin,” she noted, referring to attempts by former leaders in those places to take ownership of diocesan property and leave loyal Episcopalians without a spiritual home. “The church is more than a building, and has become stronger and more creative in exile.”
Dear God. Kate? TEO outlets in Fort Worth and San Joaquin have not “experienced the same kind of thing” as Zimbabwe Anglicans, you DOLT. Anglicans there have been beaten; some have been murdered. TEO-ites in Fort Worth and San Joaquin have had to worship whatever it is that Episcopalians pretend to worship in rented spaces.
That’s not the same thing at all, Presiding Bishop. That’s not even close.
I mean, if I were to say something along the lines of, “When my Pick3 ticket didn’t win, I experienced the same kind of thing as the Tutsis experienced during the Rwandan genocide,” and mean it, people would look as if I was crazy. And quite frankly, they’d be absolutely right. Well-adjusted, mentally stable people not only don’t talk like that, they don’t even think like that.
And if “the church is more than a building,” then why the hell should loyal Episcopalians give a crap about where they worship their deity? And why the hell have the Episcopalians spent so much time and money suing conservative Anglicans out of their meeting houses just for the crime of taking issue with the universalist apostasy of the Episcopal Organization?
Stop saying things, Kate. Frank Griswold thinks you’re a joke.