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"June 18, 2010
Hats-off to Episcopal bishop, not in a good way
By Daniel Burke
(RNS) Q: When is a hat more than a hat?
A: When the hat is a bishop’s miter, and belongs to the female head of the Episcopal Church, symbolizing her rank in a church hierarchy dominated by men.
In a public snub that’s being dubbed “mitergate,” Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori was told not to wear her miter—a tall, triangular hat—during services in London last Sunday (June 13).
Some observers say it’s a stark sign of how relations have deteriorated between the Church of England, Anglicanism’s mother church, and its headstrong American offshoot, the Episcopal Church. Others call it an attempt by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion, to keep conservatives from seceding.
Jefferts Schori herself, in an interview with Episcopal News Service, called the whole affair “nonsense” and “beyond bizarre.”
Lambeth Palace, Williams’ London headquarters and home, told Jefferts Schori not to wear her miter when she presided at a service at nearby Southwark Cathedral, according to ENS. Pictures from the service show Jefferts Schori carrying the miter under her arm as she processed down the cathedral’s nave.
She was also pressured to provide evidence of her ordination—the “ecclesiastical equivalent of a background check,” quipped a church historian—before traveling to London, according to ENS.
Jefferts Schori told Episcopal leaders of Canterbury’s demands during a private meeting on Wednesday. A spokeswoman for the Episcopal Church said Jefferts Schori has no further comment on the matter. Williams has not commented publicly, either.
Mitergate has enraged liberal Episcopalians, who were already upset that Williams booted their church from Anglican doctrinal and ecumenical committees in May. That dismissal came after Episcopalians rebuffed Williams’ warnings and ordained a lesbian as an assistant bishop, the Episcopal Church’s second openly gay bishop.
“It is particularly galling to American Episcopalians to have the Archbishop of Canterbury direct their Presiding Bishop not to display any signs of her spiritual authority,” said church historian Diana Butler Bass in a Beliefnet.com column. Williams is treating the head of the Episcopal church, Butler Bass said, “as if she is a visiting ecclesiastical serf from some colonial outback.”
The insult digs deeper, Butler Bass writes, because Jefferts Schori is the first and only woman in the 500-year history of Anglicanism elected to lead a national church, a point of pride for Episcopalians. "
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