Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The New Normal Meets the Episcopal Organization

In a story which would have stirred up the internet for weeks a few years ago but today makes barely a ripple, the New York Post reports on a rogue Episcopal priest in (aptly) Queens, NY. 
An Episcopal priest shocked his Queens congregation recently when he left his wife and married someone else — a much younger man. The Rev. Juan Andres Quevedo-Bosch, 59, the archdeacon of Queens and rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Astoria (Diocese of Long Island - ed.), announced over Facebook last week that he got married in a Los Angeles church. The Cuban-born prelate was pictured on a beach with the caption: “I’m in Miami Beach with my new husband. God is good.” One churchgoer said many parishioners severed ties to the church after Quevedo-Bosch came out as gay at the pulpit a month ago....
Announced over Facebook, and he didn't even get "married" in his parish church! How thoughtless.

Class act buddy.

The remarkable thing about this story is not that the parish church has shrunk in half between 2003 and 2013 (request the parish stats here), that is to be expected with leadership such as this, but what is interesting, and what is a reflection of how jaded we have become and how accepting of divorce, "coming out," and same sex marriage that the Episcopal church has become, is that this horrible, despicable, and abominable act causes barely a ripple in the denominational interwebs. No discipline, no trial, zip, nada, no discussion, no nothing, just another destroyed parish sacrificed to appease the townsmen of Sodom.

Just another shrug and another "It's not my problem" or another "No big deal."

I would say that TEc has gone to the dogs, but that would be an insult to man's best friend.

As my friend Wallace Hartley put it recently, "Anything Goes."

In olden days a hint of sin  
Was looked on as something that would do you in, 
But now, God knows, Anything Goes. 
Good preachers too who once knew better words, 
Now are free to use use four letter words 
Preaching prose,  Anything Goes. 
The world has gone mad today 
And good's bad today, And black's white today, And day's night today, 
When most guys today, That women prize today, Are not guys at all 
And though I'm not a great romancer, I know that I'd better take care to answer when you propose, Anything goes 
When grandma whose age is eighty 
Hangs out in clubs getting matey with ladies, 
Anything Goes. 
When mothers pack and leave their men  
Because they decide they'd rather be lesbian, 
Anything Goes. 
If driving high you like, If gay bars you like, If old hims you like, If bare feet you like, 
If Miley Cyrus you like, Or me undressed you like, 
Why, nobody will oppose! 
When every night the set that's neat is dressing like a nudist party in heat, 
Anything Goes. 
If same-sex marriage you like, If gender neutrality you like, If old queens you like, If teenage trannies you like, If love affairs with young bears you like, 
Why nobody will oppose!
And though I'm not a great romancerI know that I'd better take care to answer when you propose,
Anything goes


  1. "They started a petition to urge him to stay when he publicly offered to resign, the woman said, adding that she signed the petition." Of course they did.

    1. Proof of the new normality at work.

    2. Why not? He probably has a nice soft speaking voice, and says things that make them feel good about themselves. Why go to church on Sundays if you don't leave feeling better?