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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Reaching the Nadir

James E. McGreevey, the former governor of New Jersey who almost succeeded in further tarnishing the politicians of that state, has found a new calling. From the Newark Star Ledger (thanks to Bro. R):

"Former Gov. James E. McGreevey has started the process to become a priest in his newly adopted Episcopal faith and has been accepted into a three-year seminary program starting this fall . . .

He . . . has been accepted into the Master of Divinity program at Manhattan's renowned General Theological Seminary, seminary spokesman Bruce Parker said in a statement this afternoon.

"He has met all of General's admissions requirements and, as with all students accepted for admission, his application was evaluated by a committee composed of faculty members and several students, along with the Director of Admissions. We look forward to welcoming him as a member of the General Seminary community," Parker said.

"He has met all of General's admissions requirements . . ." Let's take a squint at this candidate's stellar resumé: He married a woman, sired a kid with her, then dumped her. He married another woman and sired another kid. All the while, as he thrillingly relates in his autobiography called, ironically, The Confession (but might better have been titled No Holes Barred), he was playing around with guys in romantic trysts in the finest restrooms throughout the Garden State, behavior he now confesses, with abject humility, was "a compromise." Then a teensy little problem arose: following 9/11 he procured for one of his paramours a six-figured government job as Homeland Security Advisor, a position for which his pal had zero qualifications and for which McGreevey got called out.

What to do? Bring out the heavy artillery. McGreevey fired and dumped his pal, called a press conference and with wife number 2 beside him, announced his resignation (delayed so to ensure his replacement would be a Democrat) and proclaimed to the citizenry of New Jersey he was a "gay American," i.e. a victim, and thus not to be blamed for his behavior. He then dumped wife number 2 (a nasty custody battle continues to this day) and found himself an Aussie with whom he lives for the present. Now James E. McGreevey has been accepted as a seminarian and hopes one day to administer the Body and Blood of Christ in His Holy Catholic Church.

What is terribly saddening about this sordid business is there are, astonishingly, young people of caliber and rectitude who still want to be priests in the Episcopal Church. What a slap in the face GTS's acceptance of this slimeball, this disgraced and unrepentant ex-governor of New Jersey, is to them. Poor ECUSA, she is beyond redemption. Weep for her.

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