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Protests, Criticism of Mary Glasspool's Ordination

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Yesterday, The Episcopal Church consecrated Mary Glasspool making her the first openly gay woman to become a bishop in the Church. Today we have photos of the service where Glaspool was caught beaming with joy. I've posted a couple more AFTER THE JUMP.

Video of  the entire service will be available on the Web site of Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles on Monday.

According to ABC News, two protesters did manage to disrupt the ceremony: "Just before the ceremony began, a man stood, shouted about the need to repent and held up a sign that read "Do not be deceived, homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God." After he was escorted out, a young boy in the same section rose holding a Bible and shouted similar slogans. Security guards also led him out."

The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has previously spoken out against Glasspool's ordination claiming that it "raises very serious questions not just for the Episcopal Church and its place in the Anglican Communion, but for the Communion as a whole."

A group called Reform Ireland (not the Church of Ireland as had earlier been noted) has also issued a statement criticizing the ordination: "We wish to express sorrow that Mary Glasspool, a person who is living in a same-sex relationship, is to be consecrated," the Church of Ireland said in a statement. "The elevation to senior church leadership of a person whose lifestyle is contrary to the will of God revealed in scripture is both wrong and disappointing."

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  1. all you hating Catholics should take a lesson from this!

    Posted by: ventura | May 16, 2010 12:39:55 PM


  2. I have one thought for those 2 protesters. This church is a bus, and the bus is going in one direction: forward. If you don't like where we're going, feel free to ring the bell and get off at the next stop.

    Posted by: patrick | May 16, 2010 12:56:41 PM


  3. who cares what the archbishop of canterbury says or for that matter the church of ireland.the archbishop is worried about keeping the african churches happy too bad.and the church ireland should be back throwing rocks in the street or helping catholics abuse children. this ordination is step foward toward equality very unchristian like

    Posted by: walter | May 16, 2010 1:07:58 PM


  4. "The elevation to senior church leadership of a person whose lifestyle is contrary to the will of God revealed in scripture is both wrong and disappointing." The will of God is that we love one another as he has loved us! There is no where in the Bible that it is contrary to "God's Will", contrary to Man's will - yes to a degree that those who disagree with Same-Sex Unions would advocate such a philosophy! As I often say to people, "You are a child of God, made in his Image, and are whole and good!"

    Posted by: AlexInBoston | May 16, 2010 1:08:34 PM


  5. That poor woman looks like the sweetest, most caring person on earth. Honestly, if it were me, I would laugh in the faces of the protesters, just stand there and laugh because it's hilarious. You just can't take someone like that seriously anymore, they just look like fools.

    Posted by: Skinnylittlebitch | May 16, 2010 1:09:25 PM


  6. Just a note -- CNN reported it wrong. The statement from Ireland is NOT from the Irish church but rather from a rightwing evangelical organization called Reform Ireland

    http://www.reform-ireland.org/NewsDetails/51

    Posted by: Dill Dally | May 16, 2010 1:23:10 PM


  7. I was raised in an Episcopal parish in which my family has been involved for 197 years. Did the whole acolyte thing. Began to question, and then left, because of the Anglican ugliness regarding my orientation.

    I'm glad to see this happening in the distinctly American Episcopal church. But it doesn't make me want to go back. Not to any of it.

    Posted by: Soren456 | May 16, 2010 2:42:07 PM


  8. It's a tremendous joy to see these small snapshots in time knowing they represent profound progression and advances within the church.

    My best wishes go out to Bishop Glasspool!

    Posted by: Fred | May 16, 2010 2:44:12 PM


  9. "It's a tremendous joy to see these small snapshots in time knowing they represent profound progression and advances within the church."

    Yeah, but the church better be careful. If it advances any more, it will advance its obsolete self out of existence altogether. Not that it isn't wonderful that this deluded woman is now Bishop of Make-Believe Land, but... I can't really muster up the ability to give a tin shit either way.

    Posted by: Zell | May 16, 2010 3:21:00 PM


  10. They let everyone in at the end. it takes a dying faith to approach gay equality tepidly (given rowan williams' statement and the worldwide communion being torn apart).

    Posted by: TANK | May 16, 2010 4:07:23 PM


  11. tank do lie awake at night just thinking about stupid things to say or do they come naturally. i'd rather a religion who accepts all people for who they are not force them to lie about it.they hide pedophiles and closet their priests so this is the sign of a religion on the climb. doubt it.

    Posted by: walter | May 16, 2010 4:18:06 PM


  12. "tank do lie awake at night just thinking about stupid things to say or do they come naturally. i'd rather a religion who accepts all people for who they are not force them to lie about it.they hide pedophiles and closet their priests so this is the sign of a religion on the climb. doubt it."

    A religion on the climb? Go by the numbers. The numbers of anglicans/episcopals who oppose ordaining gay clergy and gay rights, and the number of participants in the worldwide communion (hint: there are a lot more catholics worldwide than anglicans...over one billion to 77 million). And that's largely because the catholic church has become a third world faith (but significant growth amongst any christian denomination isn't happening in first world countries). I wouldn't call this "religion" on the rise or climb, or whatever.

    I too would rather have faith that doesn't oppose human rights, if faith is "non-negotiable" (that is, reality based beliefs can't be achieved amongst believers). The very notion of "progress" in any religious belief is a self contradiction.

    Posted by: TANK | May 16, 2010 4:26:19 PM


  13. the catholic churc numbers numbers 1 billion because it went where all the colonial masters went. they forced their religion on all the natives ie south america ,mexico,the philippines haiti the church went with conquerors.unfortunately the anglican churches in africa are behind the homophobie there. so if the anglicans lose those bigots no problem.

    Posted by: walter | May 16, 2010 4:55:46 PM


  14. Well Rowan Williams clearly doesn't believe that if the church were to lose those members in africa, it would be "no problem". As I said, this is a huge problem for the anglican communion, and threatens to split it. So let's not assume that episcopalianism and anglicanism is a gay friendly faith. And sex abuse is found in all denominations of christianity (and islam, and judaism). That's a really big problem...for religion...and always has been.

    Posted by: TANK | May 16, 2010 5:03:39 PM


  15. This is wonderful news.

    Posted by: KFLO | May 16, 2010 8:34:09 PM


  16. Sooner or later in Great Britain it's going to become completely untenable for the Anglican Church to hold onto any anti-homosexual stance. When that time arrives, that is when the Archbishop of Canterbury (whoever it is at that time) will have a very difficult choice to make: whether to remain even remotely relevant to England, or to be able to keep the conservative Anglican churches of the Third World from walking away then.

    The Anglican Communion is going to undergo a complete schism. The only question is when.

    Posted by: RedCedar | May 16, 2010 9:20:29 PM


  17. Let's not forget that there are Anglican diocese who refuse to recognize women priests, let alone bishops!

    Sorry to see so many so-called "intelligent" people consciously believe in tales handed down from before the Bronze Age.

    Do these fanatics *really* believe that women are inferior to men?

    Why aren't these fanatics going to other churches who have women and LGBT ministers and demand they resign?

    Posted by: Marlene | May 16, 2010 10:12:18 PM


  18. I was there, and it was an amazing day, especially the pre-service festivities sharing the grand, and exciting diversity of the Los Angeles Diocese.

    Posted by: The Rev. Anthony Keller | May 18, 2010 10:35:10 AM


  19. Your headline is incorrect. It was a consecration, not an ordination. You ordain a priest; you consecrate a bishop.

    Posted by: Ninong | Jul 19, 2010 12:53:50 PM


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