Some Insights Into Bishop Tom ‘I Am A Conservative’ Shaw
I have to admit to being one of those suffering from a bit of shellshock at reading where Bishop Tom Shaw calls himself a conservative. I know. It takes a while for it to sink in. And yes, it is the same Thomas Shaw we read about in this article:
After the high-energy spectacle of the Pride parade about 30 revelers headed to St. Paul’s Cathedral for a more subdued but no less heartfelt celebration of Pride. Massachusetts Episcopal Bishop Thomas Shaw, fresh from marching in the parade, led worshippers in song and prayers. During the service worshippers lined up in the center aisle of the cathedral, coming up as individuals and as couples, and Shaw laid his hands on them and blessed them. [emphasis added]
After receiving the blessing a young female couple, one of whom wore a rainbow flag fastened to her hair, were in tears as they embraced each other.
“It’s a day of tremendous celebration,” Shaw told Bay Windows. “Gay and lesbian people and transgender people, society doesn’t give them a lot to celebrate, so to have the opportunity to celebrate and bless on the same day seems a good thing to do. ... What the church does best is to bless love, and that’s what we’re doing, blessing love.”
For those of you who may be ready to step up and defend his actions as personal conviction, etc., etc., please read on:
“It’s not my blessing. It’s the blessing of the whole church,” said Shaw. “That’s all I am, a sign of unity of the whole church.”
Sooooo….. At least there is some good news. Anyone wondering what to get him for Christmas has a dead solid perfect gift idea - a dictionary.
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