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An update on the Muslim Episcopalian priest

I mentioned the case of the Rev. Ann Holmes Redding in a previous post.

Her local bishop was “excited” by her dual (duel?) faiths, but it turns out that she was ordained in the Diocese of Rhode Island, and it is that bishop’s successor who has authority over her.

From the Seattle Times:

The Rev. Ann Holmes Redding, a local Episcopal priest who announced she is both Muslim and Christian, will not be able to serve as a priest for a year, according to her bishop.

During that year, Redding is expected to “reflect on the doctrines of the Christian faith, her vocation as a priest, and what I see as the conflicts inherent in professing both Christianity and Islam,” the Rt. Rev. Geralyn Wolf, bishop of the Diocese of Rhode Island, wrote in an e-mail to Episcopal Church leaders.

Redding was ordained more than 20 years ago by the then-bishop of Rhode Island, and it is that diocese that has disciplinary authority over her.

During the next year, Redding “is not to exercise any of the responsibilities and privileges of an Episcopal priest or deacon,” Wolf wrote in her e-mail. Wolf could not be reached for immediate comment.

Redding is scheduled to start teaching part time as a visiting assistant professor at Jesuit-run Seattle University this fall. But she will not be able to teach, preach or work at any Episcopal church or institution during the next year, she said.

As a Catholic, I find that last paragraph troubling, but unfortunately not surprising.  She’s not orthodox enough to be an Episcopalian but can teach for the Jesuits.

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