Don't miss Elizabeth Kaeton's most recent foray into the blogosphere ... "Bottom Feeding" on her blog "Telling Secrets." You'll want to read it all here but here's a little appetizer: I referred to this practice of trolling for a little speck of dirt to stir up ecclesiastical sand storms of chaos and controversy as “Bottom Feeders.” You know what I mean by bottom feeders, yes?
From: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. NOUN: 1. A fish or other animal that feeds on the bottom of a body of water. 2. One that feeds low on the food chain; a scavenger. 3. Slang a. An opportunist who profits from the misfortunes of others OTHER FORMS: bottom feeding —NOUN bottom-feeding (btm-fdng) —ADJECTIVE“Bottom feeding.”
Let me be very clear. I’m not name-calling. Indeed, I’m now more convinced than ever that this is precisely the appropriate term for the dynamic which is currently at work in the church – especially in The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. I’m naming that dynamic and exposing it for what it is: “Bottom feeding.”
“Bottom feeding” is the operating principle which has given birth to the present schism in the church today. Some folks have been working very, very, very EXTRA hard to make this a reality. Stir up enough controversy, create a few calamities and, voila! It has happened. We now have a church is schism.