Friday Squid Blogging: Former Squid Researcher to Lead Episcopal Church

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori of Nevada was elected as presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church:

A former research oceanographer who studied squid, octopuses and creatures living in marine mud, she was a second-career priest who was ordained in 1994.

The jokes have begun:

One wag noted that the study of invertebrates makes Bishop Schori supremely qualified to rule the ECUSA. She’s studied oysters and squids…this is a mental picture that I really did not need. Is this a case of ‘squid pro quo’?

Do you suspect that ECUSA elected an oceanographer as its primate in recognition that it is floundering?

Posted on June 30, 2006 at 3:41 PM13 Comments


tombeau June 30, 2006 3:58 PM

“Do you suspect that ECUSA elected an oceanographer as its primate in recognition that it is floundering?” Of course not; it’s because we needed someone who understands the care of soles.

Ted Demopoulos June 30, 2006 4:30 PM

Holy mackeral! Oh My Cod!
Perhaps we should form a Shad-hoc committee to study the “Squid Researcher Ordained Priest” (SRAP) syndrome?
These fish jokes are giving me a haddock.
I’d better Clam up.
Wonder if she did it just for the Halibut?
Or maybe on Porpoise?

RandomOlderPerson July 1, 2006 12:19 AM

“. . .an oceanographer as its primate. . .”

How did we get from invertebrates to primates?

gratuitous July 1, 2006 12:45 AM

“How did we get from invertebrates to primates?”

Practice, practice, practice.

Alan July 1, 2006 11:50 AM

“Rolly-polly fishheads are never seen leading services at Episcopalian churches. Yeah!”
– Barnes and Barnes

Davi Ottenheimer July 1, 2006 3:38 PM

Wonder if she’ll recognize the Pastafarians since the study/revelry of noodley appendages appears to be an area she’s familiar with.

So the church not only chose a married woman, she’s a scientist and a pilot!

“While researching the living habits of worms, squid, octopus and shrimp 30 years ago, ‘a cruise captain wouldn’t talk to me because I was a woman,’ she recalled. ‘That lasted about 15 minutes. We got over it.'”

Well grounded and visionary at the same time…seems like the Episcopalians are refreshingly moderate and made a wise choice.

Dave July 2, 2006 8:00 AM

Episcopalianism is Catholic Lite: all the ritual but only half the guilt! (They have a great sense of humor about religion. It was one of their own priests who told me that joke.)

another_bruce July 2, 2006 12:00 PM

“a woman preaching is like a dog walking on its hind legs. it is not done well, but one is surprised to see it done at all.”
samuel johnson

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