Saturday, January 14, 2012

Endangered primates of Anglicania

I love this piece of nonsense, but I’m not sure how well it will travel outside the Anglican community. Much background is needed to make it intelligible to a non-Episcopalian. Here goes.

The Episcopal Church, formed as a colonial wing of the Church of England, declared its independence when the United States did. None-the-less, it remains (somewhat tenuously because of its liberality) a member of the Anglican Communion, a vast assemblage of independent national churches around the globe also derived from the Church of England.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, currently Rowan Williams (top), heads the Church of England and is the titular (although powerless) head of the Anglican Communion. His right-hand man is the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu. Archbishop Rowan’s headquarters is Lambeth Palace in London. Williams is a great intellectual, but barely capable of coherent communication.  High Anglican bishops (archbishops and the like) are called primates.

Traditional Anglican clerics, as with their Roman Catholic brethren, deplore gay people (although many are, in fact, gay) and look upon women primarily as useful for breeding and arranging flowers. Episcopalians, as well as increasing numbers in the Church of England, view women as, well, just people, as suited as men to serve as priests and bishops. This pisses off traditionalist clerics, who either leave or threaten to do so.

To capitalize on this discontent, the veteran of Hitler Youth who now heads the Roman Catholic Church, Benedict XVI, has established the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, to welcome disaffected Episcopal/Anglican clergy types alarmed by gay people and uppity women. Those who join are allowed to take along their wives, for the purposes of breeding and flower arranging.

I hope that long introduction didn’t spoil the fun:

1 comment:

kw50238 said...

Love the video clip and appreciate the background...not afraid to admit I didn't know they were called primates!