According to the Episcopal News Service, the Rev. Mary Glasspool, a partnered lesbian priest in Maryland, has received the necessary consents from both diocesan Standing Committees and bishops to be consecrated as a Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Los Angeles:
Diocese of Los Angeles Bishop-elect Mary Douglas Glasspool has received the required number of consents from diocesan standing committees and bishops with jurisdiction to her ordination and consecration as a bishop, the presiding bishop’s office confirmed in a March 17 announcement.
Glasspool was elected on Dec. 5, 2009, the second of two bishops suffragan elected at the 114th annual convention in the Diocese of Los Angeles. In an unofficial tally, the diocese had announced on March 10 that Glasspool had received 61 consents, five more than the 56 required, from the church’s diocesan standing committees.
The daughter of a priest, Glasspool was one of two openly gay candidates on the Los Angeles slate but maintained that her sexual orientation was “not an issue” in the election. She is the second openly gay partnered priest to be elected a bishop in the Episcopal Church. The first was Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, who was elected in 2003.
Bishop Jon Bruno of Los Angeles issued a statement giving thanks for the standing committees and bishops who consented to the two elections, saying they “have joined the Diocese of Los Angeles in recognizing and affirming the many gifts and skills of these highly qualified and experienced clerics.”
“These historic elections bring the first women to the episcopate in the Diocese of Los Angeles. I give thanks for this, and that the standing committees and bishops have demonstrated through their consents that the Episcopal Church, by canon, creates no barrier for ministry on the basis of gender and sexual orientation, among other factors,” Bruno said.
Actually, it no longer matters what the canons of the denomination say, because the leadership is going to do pretty much whatever they want anyway. For instance, same sex blessings and weddings are becoming an ever more prominent part of the practice of the Episcopal Church, despite the fact that the canons state that “holy matrimony” is defined as the “physical and spiritual union of a man and a woman.” (Title I, Canon 18, Section 2 (b)). That being the case, the consecration of Mary Glasspool as a bishop of the world-wide Anglican Communion (not just the Diocese of Los Angeles or the Episcopal Church) will be nothing more than another step on the road to oblivion for a once-great church.