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Re: [Mgdln] Anybody wanna be a bishop?
There is no trustworthy vaccine for purple fever. Disallowing self-application in no way assures that those considered by a nominating committee are untainted by ambition. Anyone who wants to be considered for nomination surely has a friend she or he could ask to put in the name. We play far too many games in the Church. Take the related one about 'call,' for example. I have seen COMs question would-be postulants for hours about whether they feel called to holy orders, and if so how. Any rational person can figure out and avoid some of the pitfalls of these inquisitions, but is that the best way to spend huge chunks of the discernment time of the COM and of those seeking to be postulants? Should ambition to do well as a bishop automatically make someone suspect? Do you really want a bishop who has no interest in being a bishop, who would be much happier as a parish priest and has no gift to serve as pastor pastorum? Be careful; you may get what you want. I held dear many maxims before I served on episcopal nominating committees; but having co-chaired our our last episcopal search, and having been secretary for our penultimate search, I'm far more aware of how with the best of intentions our processes can interfere with, rather than facilitate, discernment. I would not want to blame on the Holy Spirit all nominations, or all elections for that matter. We'll do quite well if we have a better score than Jesus, who chose one doosey of lemon in his twelve. Nor do I see episcopal elections as about winners and losers. A diocese is blessed by all who are willing to be considered. It is a grueling process, but done with strong spiritual resources, can be an occasion of grace for all involved. Louie Louie Crew, 377 S. Harrison St., 12D, East Orange, NJ 07018 973-395-1068 http://queereye4lectionary.blogspot.com/ Queer Eye for the Lectionary We make his love too narrow By false limits of our own And we magnify his strictness With zeal he will not own. -- Frederick William Faber
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