The Church is really confusing me now: L.A. Episcopal Diocese elects openly gay bishop

December 7, 2009 at 1:41 PM | Posted in Yowzers | 1 Comment

Mary D. Glasspool is the first such choice since the national church lifted a ban on gays in its highest ordained ministry. She and Diane M. Jardine Bruce are also the diocese’s first female bishops.

By Larry B. Stammer and Paul Pringle

Reporting from Los Angeles and Riverside – The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles on Saturday elected the first openly gay bishop since the national church lifted a ban that kept gays out of its highest ordained ministry, a move that deepened divisions between liberals and conservatives in the faith.

Clergy and lay leaders, meeting in Riverside for their annual convention, chose the Rev. Canon Mary D. Glasspool, 55, who has been in a committed relationship with another woman since 1988, from a field of six candidates. She is a canon, or senior assistant, to the Diocese of Maryland bishops.

Glasspool’s election to fill one of two openings for suffragan, or assistant, bishop followed the selection Friday of the Rev. Canon Diane M. Jardine Bruce, 53, the rector of a San Clemente church.

The two became the first women elected as bishops of the diocese in its 114-year history.

“Two women and one of them is gay — I just think that’s great,” said Diana Rising, a member of St. Luke’s of-the-Mountains Episcopal parish in La Crescenta, where the diocese recently evicted a conservative congregation that had broken away from the church.

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  1. Episcopals are not part of the Catholic Church… They got out years ago

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