Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Dying ELCA Lutheran Denomination Holds Concord with the World Above The Church: Ordains Aberrobishop

Edit:  Most of the official state broadcasters are enthusiastic and fail to hide their happiness.  Of course, since it's a relatively small and shrinking denomination, front page news has not been achieved.  It will be even more interesting to see if any Catholic Bishops hail this by ringing their cathedral bells.  Of course this should be a death blow to ecumenism.
(CNN)– For more than two decades, the Rev. R. Guy Erwin couldn't officially be a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. On Friday, he was elected a bishop. 
Erwin's election signals a shift not only for the ELCA – the nation's seventh largest church – but also for American Christianity. Only one other mainline Protestant denomination, the Episcopal Church, has elected openly gay and lesbian bishops. 
“In these days such milestones seem to be coming at an ever-faster rate," Erwin told CNN, "and eventually what seems revolutionary now will seem normal and predictable."
 Even NCR reported this:

In addition, financial support for the denomination hit an all-time low of about $60 million in 2009, the church announced. ELCA Treasurer Christina Jackson-Skelton said the economic recession and “disagreements within congregations” about the decision on gay clergy had contributed to the decline.


Anonymous said...

If Catholic Bishops or Bishop does some thing stupid it's front page news. Now the ELCA will
get to be on a documentary on PBS.

Clinton R. said...

"Of course this should be a death blow to ecumenism."

And with it, hopefully, no Catholic participation in celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant revolt in 2017.

Anonymous said...

You are so right. The lengths Ecumenism has been
taken to (and started from) are a waste of time, money, pastoral care, it is sinful because of
what it does and undoes.