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Recovering the Dignity of Truth

We Episcopalians—we’re just so special, don’t you know?  We worship in such special ways.  Our churches look so special, as do we ourselves—an indication of our social gifts.  And when we fight, when we commence to break the church furniture over one another’s heads—at such moments we’re just, you might say, disgustingly, regurgitatingly special; so special that many of us hope no one is watching.  We know better than that, nonetheless.  A specially contrived disaster, in particular one with spiritual implications, is for many irresistible.  Our ongoing disaster is one of those.

Here, as I write, is a compelling headline from the New York Times: “Breakaway Church Gives Up Property.”  A California parish of the Episcopal Church—in its own mind, a former parish, having disaffiliated from the official church three years earlier—is surrendering title to its 85-year-old church building and, along with that, all claim to endowment monies, prized gifts of silver and silk, all that gave St. Luke’s in La Crescenta that certain Anglican cachet.  Memories, too, and historical associations: Those go by the boards.  It’s off to a new place—a rented chapel in a Seventh Day Adventist church in Glendale—and a new start, one untainted by associations with that once very special institution, the Episcopal Church.

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