EPISCOPALIANS should pay no heed to the views of conservative scholars and bishops, but should place their trust in her, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said this week.Funny ... [I thought] ... that doesn't actually sound like the kind of thing I'd expect to hear from our Presiding Bishop. So in the interest of due diligence, I went back and read what +Katharine actually SAID instead of settling for George's spin on what she MEANT.
Here's what she SAID:
"Episcopalians, like many others, often seek information from the internet. They are looking at sources that are not peer reviewed, or rely on opinions. The representations on the theology of the church as a whole are inaccurate.”See also: vive la différence
Turns out Bishop Katharine didn't say anything about ignoring -- or not ignoring -- "conservatives." What she said was:
- Check your sources.
- Differentiate between fact and opinion.
- Don't believe everything you read on the internet
- And recognize that there are representations of the theology of the church -- our church -- The Episcopal Church -- out there that are inaccurate.
The head spins.
Perhaps it's just an unfortunate error. And perhaps an apology from Mr. Conger will be forthcoming. Perhaps it will read like this one from last week's American Anglican Council email update:
Correction: Last week's message claimed that Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori told Bishop Peter Lee that there was a "new sheriff in town." While, according to the testimony of Father John Yates, Bishop Lee did describe the Presiding Bishop as the "new sheriff in town," she did not describe herself as such. We regret the error.Perhaps we detect a pattern here.