Friday, May 9, 2014

"Neuhaus' Law" taking effect in Upper South Carolina

Where's Waldo?
To the surprise of no one, save those for whom denial is merely a river in Egypt, the bishop of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina (not affiliated with the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, the Anglican Diocese of the Carolinas, the Diocese of the Southeast of the Reformed Episcopal Church, or the Southeastern Regional Network of PEARUSA) has chosen the path of surrender to the spirit of the age, permitting his clergy to bless "same sex unions" if they so choose.
COLUMBIA, SC — The leader of Midlands and Upstate Episcopalians told clergy Thursday he will permit congregations to perform blessings of same-sex couples, a decision reached after two years of intense theological discussions with pastors and parishioners.

The Rt. Rev. W. Andrew Waldo, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina, said no clergy would be required to perform the rite. He said he will support all 61 of his congregations whether they choose to carry out the blessing ritual or not.

The decision, which came in the form of a pastoral and theological reflection, is expected to once again roil a state where Lowcountry Episcopalians already have exited the U.S. church in great numbers. Waldo, who often describes himself as a “radical centrist,” believes that by staking out a middle ground, he can keep his diocese from splintering.
Yes, the tried and true "middle ground" strategy. Let everyone do what is right in his own eyes. What could possibly go wrong?

Whenever we encounter delusional lunacy like this, it is important to remember "Neuhaus' Law," the sober but prescient observation once made by the late Father Richard John Neuhaus:

"Where orthodoxy is optional, orthodoxy will sooner or later be proscribed."