Saturday, October 30, 2004


That's what this election is coming down to. Illinois for Kerry Chicago is sending busses to Wisconsin, Iowa and Ohio this weekend. The response for people wanting to stay four days in Wisconsin appears to have been so overwhelming that plans to put the volunteers up have been strained.

From Indiana, Kerry work in Michigan probably makes more sense. That state's back in play as Minnesota and Wisconsin edge back to the Kerry column. Talking to Democrats near Niles, I get the impression that they're getting lots of volunteers, perhaps lots of them are Hoosiers.

In Indiana itself, the Democratic party made a terrible error in dissociating itself from Kerry. When Kerry did alight in Indianapolis, Gov. Kernan stayed away from him. The Visclosky-Kernan joint campaign headquarters in Merrillville had no Kerry-Edwards sign when I volunteered there in mid-October. Understand that racially-diverse Merrillville is the most liberal town of the state's most liberal county. (While the northern tier of cities in Lake County is almost purely Democrat, endemic police brutality in Hammond, Halliburton-scale corruption in East Chicago and the thwack! of paddles in Gary's schools combined with their abstinence-only sex education put the lie to any claim of progressive politics on the lakeshore.

So it's off to Michigan for this Hoosier; let Gov. Kernan enjoy the fruits of his spurning of Kerry. And on November 3 (God and election willing), it's time to begin the purge of Indiana's Democratic Party. Step one: resident precinct committeemen/women in every precinct.

Welcome Episcopalians and spectators!

For some reason, the Lair saw a spike in viewership on October 17 that continued through the middle of the week. I hope you find the Episcopalian articles interesting and come back often.

If you are visiting for information about our rough spot, please say a prayer for the five fine young men and women -- Nick, Manny, John, Megan and Blaine -- who were confirmed at St. Stephen's last Sunday by Bishop Little. (And perhaps a prayer for the Bishop as well? You may not agree with his stand against the ordination of Bishop Robinson, but he is standing with ECUSA, choosing to dialogue with the rest of us crazy Americans instead of bolting.)


Monday, October 18, 2004

Habemus papa!

Bet you were expecting to hear about the smackdown that the Anglican Communion was going to lay on the Episcopal Church USA (ECUSA) today. That happened, but in the non-Lambeth Lambeth Commission Report, we find this gem:

110. Furthermore, it has been noted that the Archbishop of Canterbury convenes the Lambeth Conference and the Primates' Meeting, and they are both dependent for their existence on his behest. We recommend that this dependence on the See of Canterbury remain, and indeed, that it be enhanced. At present, there is some lack of clarity about the level of discretion that the Archbishop has with respect to invitations to the Lambeth Conference and to the Primates' Meeting. This Commission is of the opinion that the Archbishop has the right to call or not to call to these gatherings whomsoever he believes is appropriate, in order to safeguard, and take counsel for, the well-being of the Anglican Communion. The Commission believes that in the exercise of this right the Archbishop of Canterbury should invite participants to the Lambeth Conference on restricted terms at his sole discretion if circumstances exist where full voting membership of the Conference is perceived to be an undesirable status, or would militate against the greater unity of the Communion. (emphasis mine)

Put simply, the Commission has recommended that the Archbishop of Canterbury can take away any province's right to vote at the Lambeth Commission. From what I can tell, Archbishop Rowan would be very conservative with such powers. I doubt that Bishop Bruno of Los Angeles, busily resorting to the secular courts to take back four parishes, would be so circumspect.

The Eames Commission has spoken. ECUSA has been asked to express regret at its decision to ordain a gay bishop in New Hampshire, and pending that, to accept restricted voting rights in Communion-wide manners. It also means that the Via Media bishops, who want to remain in ECUSA even though they believed ECUSA erred gravely on ordaining a gay bishop, are now a minority in their national church which faces impaired communion with the rest of the Communion.


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