Mitregate Goes ViralPosted: June 17, 2010
It seems that upon visiting London’s Southwerk Cathedral Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams asked the Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori not to wear her mitre (bishop’s hat). Bishop Schori complied even as she called the request “bizarre, beyond bizarre.” Here is the latest story from Episcopal Life Online.
Asking a fellow prelate not to wear a symbol of office is unheard of. It would be like asking a clown not to wear his giant red shoes to the circus. Not that I’m suggesting that church leaders ever act like clowns or that they wear funny hats. Oh wait…
Even beyond “beyond bizarre” was Canterbury’s request that she show documentation of her ordination to each order of ministry. Unless I’ve been hiding under a rock (certainly not a mitre) I have not noticed an abundance of PB impersonators out there. Granted some of her chasubles would give Elvis a run for his “hunk of burning love” but still. I can’t envision the PB playing to sold out crowds at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Presumably the issue surrounds the fact that women are forbidden to serve as bishops in the Church of England. Underlying this is the recent exchange of Pentecost letters between Williams and Schori that highlighted the current tensions in the Anglican Communion.
Nonetheless it’s great that we Episcopalians finally have a “Gate” to call our own. Mitregate brings us ever closer to the mainstream. It aligns us with Watergate crooks, Contragate arms smugglers, Troopergate racism, and Travelgate firings.
Sure there other churchy “gates” — the Vulgate, the Narrow Gate, the Pearly Gates. But thank you to the Archbishop of Canterbury for allowing us to have a gate of our own. We’ve finally made it!