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Wed Jan 16, 2013, 04:35 PM

"Episcopal priest chosen for inaugural benediction" (Replacing Giglio)

Source: AP, Charleston Post & Courier

Jan. 16, 2013 4:22 PM ET
Episcopal priest chosen for inaugural benediction
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WASHINGTON (AP) The pastor of the Episcopal parish known as "the church of the presidents" will give the benediction at President Barack Obama's inauguration.

The Rev. Luis Leon of St. John's Church has been chosen for the honor. He replaces Atlanta megachurch pastor Louie Giglio, who withdrew from the ceremony last week after a sermon he gave years ago surfaced in which he condemned gay relationships.

A Presidential Inaugural Committee spokeswoman, Addie Whisenant, had said that the person chosen to give the prayer would reflect the administration's beliefs. The Episcopal Church blesses same-sex relationships and elects bishops who live openly with same-gender partners.

Every president since James Madison, including Obama, has attended a service at St. John's Church, which stands across from the White House on Lafayette Square. Leon is a native of Cuba who came to the United States at age 12. He delivered prayers at the 2005 inauguration of President George W. Bush.

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Reply "Episcopal priest chosen for inaugural benediction" (Replacing Giglio) (Original post)
KoKo Jan 2013 OP
markpkessinger Jan 2013 #1
annabanana Jan 2013 #2
Tx4obama Jan 2013 #3
MotherPetrie Jan 2013 #4
KoKo Jan 2013 #5
and-justice-for-all Jan 2013 #6
glinda Jan 2013 #7
RebelOne Jan 2013 #9
Delphinus Jan 2013 #8
obamanut2012 Jan 2013 #10
surrealAmerican Jan 2013 #11

Response to KoKo (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 04:44 PM

1. Excellent choice

Although I had lobbied for choosing the Episcopal Church's Presiding Bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori, a fascinating woman who was, prior to joining the clergy, an oceanographer.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katharine_Jefferts_Schori

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 04:46 PM

2. Good!

I applaud the change and the choice!

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 04:57 PM

3. Another good article regarding Rev. Leon with photos and video on the link below

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 05:06 PM

4. Good -- if they have to have a benediction at all, this is the least worst

 

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 05:11 PM

5. Good News...Many on DU had thought an Episcopal Priest would be a

wonderful choice. It feels good to know that the Inauguration Committee thought so too. Given the feedback about Giglio choice....it's good that they took that choice seriously for the terrible message it sent to the American People and the LBGT community.

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 05:19 PM

6. Even though I find the recognition of any religion in any federal government aspect offensive

and a violation of the 1st amendment, I will take the Episcopalian.

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Response to and-justice-for-all (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 05:45 PM

7. A better choice anyways.

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Response to and-justice-for-all (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 07:22 PM

9. As an atheist now, but being a former Episcopalian,

I applaud this choice.

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 06:52 PM

8. Jeez,

I wish they would have chosen a Unitarian Universalist minister. They're pretty cool.

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Response to Delphinus (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 08:32 PM

10. I thought that, too

Or a Native American clergy.

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 08:33 PM

11. I look forward to the day when a religious benediction ...

... will not be regarded as a requirement for a presidential inauguration. It seems quite inappropriate for a secular office.

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