"The Preachers chiefly shall take heed that they teach nothing in their preaching, which they would have the people religiously to observe and believe, but that which is agreeable to the Doctrine of the Old Testament and the New, and that which the Catholick Fathers and Ancient Bishops have gathered out of that Doctrine." A proposed canon of Elizabeth I, 1571

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I am a presbyter in the diocese of Fort Worth, Texas (Anglican Church in North America). I serve as Chaplain at St. Vincent's School and as a canon of St. Vincent's Cathedral Church in Bedford, Texas. In addition to my parish duties and teaching Religion classes in the school I am also the Middle School Social Studies teacher.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

+VGR and "Pope Ratzinger"

The Rt. Rev. Vicky Gene Robinson, ECUSA bishop of New Hampshire, recently made a speech at London's Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, where he was highly critical of the Roman Catholic Church (referring to Pope Benedict XVI as "Pope Ratzinger"). According to the BBC report:

Bishop Robinson said: "We are seeing so many Roman Catholics joining the church. Pope Ratzinger may be the best thing that ever happened to the Episcopal Church."
He continued: "I find it so vile that they think they are going to end the child abuse scandal by throwing out homosexuals from seminaries. It is an act of violence that needs to be confronted." His speech at St-Martin-in-the-Fields, in Trafalgar Square, was part of the 10th anniversary of the gay rights group Changing Attitude.

Bishop Chartres of London did not permit Bishop Robinson to function sacramentally at the church or to preach. Instead, Robinson spoke after the service from the chancel rather than the pulpit.


Blogger Richard said...

I don't think Pope Ratzinger is necessarily wrong. The Italians call him Papa Ratzinger, and that's my practice when talking informally too.

Not to say that Bp. Vicky didn't mean to be rude, of course!

2:31 PM  

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