Gary R. Hall’s Washington National Cathedral is becoming the happening place.
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Those who fret about the National Cathedral becoming the gay marriage equivalent of a Las Vegas wedding chapel can rest easy: couples seeking marriage must actually be involved in the Cathedral – unless they are “significant” donors.
Hall’s assumption of the deanship comes at a time when the National Cathedral and the Episcopal Church as a whole face both increasingly straitened finances and declining attendance. Doubtless his attempts to make the cathedral a focal point for the Episcopal Church’s liberal national agenda have their roots in his own well-documented theological radicalism. But there is another, concurrent explanation for Hall’s efforts, one, I might add, very much in keeping with his church’s historically patrician status: by sermonizing about gun control and being first in line to bless same-sex unions, Hall is keeping the doors of the Cathedral open to well-moneyed potential donors whose commitment to liberal nostrums like homosexual marriage might otherwise trump their Christian convictions when tax time comes.
Some things never change. The Bible and the 1928 Prayer Book might be gathering dust, but the Episcopal Church still believes itself to be America’s political and economic elite at prayer.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?