One priest wrote in to correct me on my language:
“The group may not be referred to of as “Episcopals” but rather EPISCOPALIANS. Look it up in your dictionary.”
To which I can only apologise, I was merely being cute. Around the home I often call them “The Pals” for short, which I think is dreadfully clever of me. No intentional offense was meant, and I have great respect for the Episcopalians, many of whom are on my Blogroll. Mea Culpa.
Another commented on my previous post that:
If money-changers were found in the Temple today, and conservative Bloggers called for them to be booted out, would you still say “Jesus wouldn’t treat them (money-changers) that way”?
Although my conception of Jesus is most certainly different than his, I have read the Bible and a lot of “progressive” and “liberal” interpretations of Jesus’ teachings and I think I have a handle on the gist of the whole Jesus-message.
I think this case is “apples and oranges” when trying to compare it to Jesus ejecting the money-changers. The conservative bloggers are in my mind damning on incomplete evidence. There is no evidence that they have been trying to introduce Pagan ritual or gods into the Church, none. The CT Blog in my mind is trying to make a mountain out of a molehill.
This Pagan Eucharist ritual for all you and I know was never used. Perhaps it was submitted merely for the purpose of creating discussion, something that they thought due to their Pagan past innocuous. But now it’s become something that may ruin their careers.
If they are true converts to Christ I can think of no better situation that would drive them back to us Pagans.
Lastly, I would like to say that in the end I am a Pagan, so I do have a different outlook on “scandals” like these. I’m sure for many Episcopalians it is quite an emotional issue, but for me the language I have seen some conservative Episcopalians use truly smacks of a witch-hunt and a lack of understanding about what modern Paganism is and what it is not. What could have become a opportunity to think, discuss and learn has in many cases become a chance for some to trot out statements like “The Horned God is the enemy of Christ” no doubt making them feel very righteous, but in the end I doubt it equates them with the Christ who turned over the tables of the money-changers.