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.Yes, the tried and true "middle ground" strategy. Let everyone do what is right in his own eyes. What could possibly go wrong?
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.
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."