Baby Blue on Lauren Stanley and Her Removal As Missioner to Sudan—Along With A Quick Link Survey
[I’ve bumped this article for obvious reasons.]
“from her missionary position in the Diocese of Renk in the Sudan following a request from the Archbishop of the Sudan for her removal last March.
The Diocese in an official statement released today stated that the Archbishop of Sudan, the Most Rev. Dr. Daniel Deng Bul Yak, requested that she be removed from her position after her public comments at the most recent Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia “were deemed offensive to partners of the Diocese in the Episcopal Church of Sudan.”
Bishop Lee complied and ordered Lauren Stanley in March to return to Virginia.
Baby Blue also—fortunately—reminds us of Lauren Stanley’s role at the Diocesan Convention of Virginia, whereby she used her position as a missioner to the Sudan to claim that the people of the Sudan would not care about the Diocese of Virginia’s resolution in support of same sex unions:
Lauren Stanley supports “blessedness” - that “holy love” and “blessedness” goes together. She says that this will not be a problem for the Sudan. She said that the people don’t care.
Of course, the fact that Lauren Stanley was originally and cynically appointed to the Sudan by Bishop Lee demonstrates the raw contempt with which the Sudan’s traditional theology is held by that good bishop.
Let’s do a little link survey on Lauren Stanley:
1) Here is a Lauren Stanley, mentioned as a member or friend of Integrity Virginia in 2000.
2) It appears that She hung out with Susan Russell at the Robinson Hearing at GC 2003.
3) Here’s a “Lauren Stanley” mentioned writing about “the threats from the catholic hierarchy to reproductive health care” for Conscience magazine, published by Catholics for Free Choice.
4) Here’s an article by Lauren Stanley about why sexuality isn’t important [odd—then why do the radical progressives keep pushing the moral boundaries on sexuality] and how Jesus never even mentioned sexuality [thus demonstrating yet again that a VTS seminary “education” is essentially worthless].
5) Here’s another article by Lauren Stanley about how the Roman Catholic Church is thinking too much about sex in regards to the sexual abuse of mostly post-pubescent males by Roman Catholic priests. In it she says:
“All the talk about celibacy and chastity leading to holiness adds up to, as Shakespeare wrote in Macbeth, “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
6) Here’s another article by Lauren Stanley about how great it is that the 2000 General Convention recognized “that there are people in our Church who are living in non-traditional relationships, both gays and lesbians as well as heterosexuals” and how awful it was that they didn’t throw the book at the three Anglo-Catholic dioceses who didn’t purport to ordain women, because after all, “canons were canons” and “the law must be obeyed” and “being pastoral to three men who for whatever reason don’t like women wasn’t going to do a lot for the women in the church.”
7) Here’s an announcement from June of 2000 about Lauren Stanley being called to serve in Grace Church, Allentown, and here’s an announcement from April of 2001 about Lauren Stanley, where
Bishop Paul Marshall granted the request of the vestry of Grace Church, Allentown, with the agreement of the diocesan Standing Committee, that the pastoral relationship between Grace Church and its rector, The Rev. Lauren R. Stanley, be dissolved, effective February 28.
So let’s recap.
Bishop Lee originally appointed to a very traditional—but poverty-stricken—Province of the Anglican Communion as their “missioner” someone who can only be described as a radical progressive activist.
I wish the best for Lauren Stanley, and she is who she is and believes as she believes; as a human being she will surely miss her work with the people of the Sudan, just as people working with Unicef or the Peace Corp miss the people with whom they work. But words can hardly express the disdain with which I hold the actions of Bishop Peter Lee for appointing her.
How wonderful that Bishop Lee was so respectful of a Province’s traditional Christian faith—and of course, so respectful of that province’s need and poverty, as well.
That is, I suppose, the way of “the Center Aisle” for us all.
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