Some further articles from the press and the blogs:
Earlier Tuesday items at the bottom of this article.
Associated Press Rachel Zoll Episcopalians Address Gay Bishop Impasse
Steve Bates filed rather more copy than the Guardian had room for yesterday, some of his additional comments are below the fold here.
The Living Church reports that Two More Dioceses Will Consider Alternative Oversight and Doug LeBlanc collected these comments about the PB-elect.
This BBC story is dated Monday, but US Church vote highlights tension
Stephen Bates writes:
Yesterday, Archbishop Rowan Williams, a supporter of women’s ordination, took 18 hours to offer even a lukewarm welcome to her election, pointing to the impact on ecumenical relations.
Whether this will be the event that precipitates the long-predicted schism of the third largest Christian denomination remains to be seen. Only a minority of its 38 provinces ordain women at all, though the Americans have now done so for more than 30 years and the CofE for more than a decade. Despite that, the communion has so far held together in a way than seems less probable in its divisions over gays – another issue on which the liberal US church has led the way.
The odds on Katharine Jefferts Schori, 52, being elected first woman primate in the Anglican communion as presiding bishop of the US Episcopal Church, must have been pretty long. Firstly, she was raised as a Roman Catholic and secondly she specialised in marine biology at university.
Bishop Jefferts Schori – married to a retired theoretical mathematician and with a grown up married daughter who is herself a US airforce pilot – has a list of accomplishments rare in a bishop.
An expert in the squids and oysters inhabiting the sediment in the North East Pacific – the subject of her doctorate – she will be able to deal with the more antediluvian members of the Anglican communion’s bench of bishops.
Perhaps even more important, the subject gives her no truck with the fundamentalist Christians who still believe the Bible’s account of Creation.
The new presiding bishop is also a qualified pilot – lessons bought for her by her father when she was a student – and enjoys flying high above the deserts of her diocese of Nevada.
In Episcopal terms, she is a liberal, having voted three years ago for the election of the gay bishop Gene Robinson, though she did not attend his subsequent consecration. What she lacks in pastoral experience – she has never been a parish priest – she makes up perhaps in her membership of numerous church committees.
She dealt adroitly with her first press conference responding to a British conservative evangelical questioner who demanded to know where she stood on the homosexual issue by saying briskly that there were many more pressing issues for Anglicans, particularly in the Third World: “I think the majority of the church is concerned with more fundamental issues of hunger, housing, unclean water and the availability of education for their children.”
But in a measure of the problems she will face, American conservative evangelical journalists are already deriding both her liberal views and her looks.