Well, I wasn't going to get into it because I try
not to be a horrible, pretentious bore, but I've got to say something because it's such a common misconception.
Henry VIII didn't found
the Anglican Church. There was a small but active Protestant dissident movement in England at the time, and he just elevated the organized church that was already functioning in the country to the status of being the official, national church (yes, there were many reasons why he wanted to break away from Rome, and one
of them was that he wanted another divorce and the RCs wouldn't let him have it
Not that I'm taking issue with your post, Tweety! I thought it was a hoot and made a good point. :chuckle I'm also v. proud that my church has consecrated Bishop Robinson, and we'll survive the surrounding "tempest in a teapot," as we Episcopalians always do. Shoot, most of the people who are so worked about this issue are the same ones who are still angry about us ordaining women -- they didn't get anywhere with objecting to that, so they've found a new "cause" to be all worked up about and use to try to recruit new supporters. They are a small, loud
minority that has been unhappy about every social change that's occurred in the church in the last 25 years or so ...
And, as Bishop Robinson has pointed out numerous times, he's certainly not the first
gay Episcopal bishop -- he's just the first one to be honest about it ... In fact, in all the official Episcopal reporting about this, the church has been v. careful to not use the term "first gay bishop" but has, instead, consistently said something like (and, now, of course, I'm blanking on the precise term they've been using ...
) "first openly acknowledged gay bishop."