This latest Baby Boomer Episcopalian drama is by far the most ridiculous thing I've seen in my 10 years of church membership - and that's really saying something. With everything that's going on in the world today - including the imminent failure of the church itself - I simply cannot believe a few Episcopal clergypeople have found still another way to obsess over themselves, and have now suckered the entire church into the mess.
I've completely lost respect for all the "outraged commentators" too. "Weaponization of resignation," indeed! Sure - when you hold the gun to your own head. 8 brain-dead morons give the institution that employs them an ultimatum: "Either the Boss goes, or we do." Why is anybody shocked, shocked that the Board of Directors decided - quite rightly, too, in my estimation - "Well, in that case, you go, then. And don't let the door hit you on the way out."? (And we get lectures on "dishonesty"! As if the 8 morons were just minding their own business one day and happened to get fired, for no reason at all.)
Again, I am always utterly astounded that clergy do things their parishioners would never even consider doing in our worklives - and somehow expect to escape the consequences of it. I'm even more amazed the lengths to which people are going now to make excuses for it.
I'm quite sure there's more to this than we are being told - it couldn't really be this ridiculous, could it? - but at this point, why should anybody care? Show them all the door, and start over.
The Episcopal Church is, I'm sorry to say, drunk. Hopefully it will hit bottom sometime soon - but don't hold your breath.....