UPDATE: And to remove all doubt, click here.
Susan Russell has posted the following denial on her website:
In his May 22nd statement to the clergy and laity of the Diocese of Los Angeles, +Jon wrote:
I remind you that pastoral acts are personal decisions between clergy and members of your congregation.
We at All Saints Church have been performing blessings of same-sex couples for over 16 years within that parameter, while at the same time advocating for systemic change within the Episcopal Church to acheive the full and equal claim it has promised it’s gay and lesbian faithful since 1976. Now that civil marriage is legally available for same-sex couples in California we will be performing them within the same parameters.
Our bishop has not “authorized” us to “perform same-sex marriages.” He has reminded us that we are called to act as pastors to our people. And that’s what we’re doing.
Enter Ed Bacon with his rendition of So who exactly is kidding who?
“As a priest and pastor, I anticipate with great joy strengthening our support of the sanctity of marriage as I marry both gay and straight members and thus more fully live out my ordination vow to nourish all people from the goodness of God’s grace.”
And here’s Ms. Russell again (second half of video).
So, let’s recap. The Bishop of Los Angeles does not permit the performing of same sex marriages or blessings in his diocese with his permission, [pause here for BIG WINK] however, he also states that his clergy have permission to act without his permission. Ed Bacon who acts (under the license of Jon J. Bruno) as pastor of All Saints Pasadena has publicly announced that a parish in Bishop Bruno’s diocese is performing same sex marriages. Ms. Russell is in the public eye so often spouting how prophetic they (All Saints, TEC, California) are Bishop Bruno would have to be living in an undersea cave to be unaware of what is happening in his own diocese. Has anyone seen one word from Bishop Bruno admonishing Mr. Bacon, Ms. Russell or All Saints in general? I guess all that smog in Los Angeles is being created by the burnt offerings of the Windsor Report.
As we ponder these facts, let’s consider the players in this ever-unfolding drama. Exactly what role is Bishop Bruno playing here? Is he the cowardly lion who is afraid living into the tension will mar his legacy? So cowardly, in fact, that he uses clergy such as Prophetic Full Steam Ahead Russell as a human shield?
There are only a few choices here.
Bishop Bruno does not really believe in the prophetic actions of the GLBTXYZ lobby but is afraid to come forward.
Bishop Bruno is using his clergy to hedge his bets.
Bishop Bruno is so naive as to expect the toothfairy will reward him for missing teeth.
Clergy in his diocese are naive pawns who really believe the Bishop is able to authorize SSU/M and still NOT authorize them.
Bishop and clergy are part of a huge conspiracy to further destroy the Anglican Communion.
Here’s my vote. A sham. An attempt to deceive the Anglican Communion. Outright lies.
The fact is that every minute that ticks by Episcopalians are voting with their feet and their pocketbook. The really sad part is that other than missing the money, TEC could care less.