Thursday, February 5, 2015

A Tale of Skulduggery and Vice

By now we all know that the Suffragan Bishop of Maryland, Heather Cook, is looking at a 20 year stretch for killing a man in a hit-and-run. We know, too, that she had a prior DUI in 2010, along with narcotics possession (and vomit on shirt etc.). Messy, and I hope she can put her life back together and find redemption; I hope the same for Palermo's family.

Eugene Sutton

But did the Bishop of Maryland, Eugene Sutton, and the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Katharine Jefferts Schori, know about Cook's DUI/Narcotics bust before she was consecrated, and did they hide this information from the selection process.

And then, when media heat was turned on the diocese, did Sutton hire a "communications consultant," Meredith Gould, who just happened to be the wife of his Canon for Evangelism and Ministry Development, Dan Webster?

Katharine Jefferts Schori

It seems that he did and you can get the drill-down, in all its malfeasant detail here, at Race Radio and the comments section of the Baltimore Brew. And by the way, the same Dan Webster, who is married to Meredith Gould, PR spin to the Diocese of Maryland, apparently said this, when he was Communications Director of the Diocese of Utah:

"It is about power and control. It is about 'doing it my way.'”

I really hope he didn't say that and if he did, that it's out of context.

That is all,



LL said...

The fish rots from the head down.

jenny said...

It's struggle and sadness, with a twist of sorcery, on the rocks.

LL said...

I look it the same way that Paul did: Eph. 6:12
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Why would you promote the efforts of an old drunk and hide them until she finally kills somebody on the highway.

How many warnings do you think that well intentioned officers gave her when she flashed the purple when they pulled her over drunk? All of her colleagues knew that she was sick. And they promoted it.

It's the same sort of tolerance for pederasty and homosexuality that has been a hallmark and almost a cliche these days.

And they wonder why people don't want to join their ranks or show up at church... and why they have to turn to liturgical dance to get the women in comfortable shoes up twirling in silk. You can't serve God and mammon, boyo.

LSP said...

Good call, Jenny.

LSP said...

Eph 6:12 is especially relevant...

LL said...

People are looking for virtue. The search for God is very much a search for a haven of virtue in a world that is anything but virtuous. If people don't show up to church, there are potentially a number of reasons, but one among them may be that the holiness and purity are lacking.

How can you find holiness in a cathedral that is worm-eaten by sodomy?

Mad Padre said...

With respect to LL, I'm not entirely sure what sodomy has to do with it, but it is an entirely depressing and dismal story of episcopal and ecclesiastical failure, of entitled elites, and sin.
Her victim was a celebrity in the local cycling community and a veteran rider. I cycle a lot in few months of warm weather we get in Canada, and pray that if I'm ever taken out from behind, it will be quick and Church-free.

Brig said...

I get that we need to be aware of the evil around us, but we also need to be aware of the good. Is not the truest warrior tempered by both?

LSP said...

They say, LL, that a holy minister makes for an observant people and the reverse certainly applies...

LSP said...

It's a very nasty tale, Padre, and I almost didn't post it. Still, be careful cycling!

LSP said...

Thanks for that, Brighid.

It's easy, at least for me, to see the worst in things and that can get a bit toxic. To put it mildly.

God bless!