How Episcopal is Our Church?

Tomorrow, I will be traveling to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine to meet with the Bishop of New York. We will be making final plans for Bishop Dietsche’s official visit to our link Diocese of London later in the month.

This will be the first time I have entered the office of a New York bishop since I was ordained to the priesthood in 1973. I note this not to express disappointment at not being favored with the attention of my superiors all these years. Rather, it has struck me that, given the time and effort our church puts into electing and supporting bishops, they should somehow be more crucial in day-to-day parish life. Unless the bishops need money or the parish has problems, hierarchy and parish function on separate levels that barely touch.

The word, “Episcopal” in our title means, “having bishops.” We do indeed possess bishops, but the extent to which their presence defines us seems to me to be exaggerated. —J. Douglas Ousley


One Response to “How Episcopal is Our Church?”

  1. Mark says:

    The Bishop of Rome continues to grab daily positive press. Before the honeymoon is over, one would think this a great opportunity by prelates (of all denominations) to take advantage of some of this good will to advance The Cause.

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