Friday, February 14, 2014

Oxford University, the Episcopal Church and an Iron Lady

By Ladson F. Mills III
Special to virtueonline
February 13, 2014

Oxford University finds itself the subject of rare scrutiny resulting from its controversial decision to grant an honorary degree to the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. It can also claim credit for the new joke circulating; what do HarryTruman and Katharine Jefferts Schori have in common? Both have honorary degrees from Oxford and signs for their desk. Harry's read "the Buck stops here." Katharine's says "the Bucks stop here."

Honorary degrees are often the source of controversy. Other than Jefferts Schori's supporters suggesting this honor is a reflection of her credibility within the wider Anglican Communion and in spite of the mortification by many with legitimate Oxford credentials the University could have done worse than choosing such a polarizing figure.

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