Last week, the California Supreme Court ruled that a Newport Beach Episcopal congregation which broke away from the church over the issue of the ordination of gay priest had no right to the physical property of the church, which they found belonged to the diocese.
Enter Rick Warren, who offered not just his support and encouragement over the church’s schism, but also invited the Newport Beach congregation to use the Saddleback Church as a meeting space.
“.. [The Episcopal Church has] already considered me an adversary after partnering on projects with Kolini, Orumbi, and Nzimbi, and writing the TIME bio on Akinola.
But since last summer… I’ve been on Gene Robinson and other’s attack list for my position on gay marriage. ….[Our] brothers and sisters here at St. James in Newport Beach lost their California State Supreme Court case to keep their property.
We stand in solidarity with them, and with all orthodox, evangelical Anglicans. I offer the campus of Saddleback Church to any Anglican congregation who need a place to meet, or if you want to plant a new congregation in south Orange County.”
As constant Queerty readers know, your editor is a member of the Episcopal Church, so is a little biased, but no matter who you are, the fact that Warren is meddling in the affairs of other churches should be incredibly troubling, no matter what the issue is. It’s hard to see how anyone could see Rev. Warren as an inclusive figure when he spends his time and energy trying to exacerbate tensions within other people’s churches.
Box Turtle Bulletin writes:
“It is now time for the Episcopal Church to make a formal protest to the President Elect. Rick Warren cannot invoke blessing on a nation if he is seeking to divide a denomination of which he is not even a part.”
And we agree. Warren is free to hold whatever bigoted personal views he wants– and to preach them to whomever wants to listen, but the Saddleback Church leader isn’t content with defending his own view of marriage– he’s working to tear apart a church whose definition of marriage isn’t as close-minded as his own.