Douglas LeBlanc

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July 31, 2009

  LOSING MUM AND PUP A Memoir By Christopher Buckley Twelve, 257 pp., $24.99 If having a famous parent gives certain creature comforts, it also comes with a burden of living in that parent's shadow. Christopher Buckley lives...

December 9, 2008

News Item, October 21: The Diocese of Sydney's General Synod has voted again to allow laity to preside at celebrations of Holy Communion and to allow deacons (both men and women) to preside as well. My reaction, once news of the synod's...

September 19, 2008

During the hugger-muggery of this year's Lambeth Conference, one bishop said repeatedly that "the Anglican Communion is going to be fine" and that even the gates of hell would not prevail against Christ's church. Who said this? Gene...

July 15, 2008

Just after Memorial Day, I checked on the Lambeth Conference's precise countdown clock, which said that a mere 49 days, 20 hours, 15 minutes and 52 seconds remained before the gathering would convene. All those numbers made me...

May 20, 2008

Since I began reporting on the Episcopal Church in the early 1990s, conservatives have gone through a few different regroupings: Episcopalians United begat the American Anglican Council, which begat the Anglican Communion Network, which...

November 16, 2007

In early June, on an otherwise routine Monday morning, I received a call from my friend Sam, who lives in Arkansas. I felt a chill at the sound of Sam's voice, and with good reason: Sam had called to tell me that his wife, Dana, had died...

March 13, 2007

The Diocese of Virginia has gone through such conflict in recent months that I was rather worried about it in the days before its 212th Annual Council. After the departure of nearly 20 congregations during 2006, followed by several weeks...

December 1, 2006

Four years ago, when it was becoming clear that Rowan Williams would be the 104th archbishop of Canterbury, I quoted his hope, from an address at Uganda Christian University, “not to impose a view from America or Britain or anywhere else...

July 1, 2006

This column is taking shape only a few days after the 75th General Convention adjourned, so my thoughts are necessarily tentative. I went into this meeting, unlike the conventions I attended from 1991 to 2003, with fewer predictions about...

June 1, 2006

Episcopalians who have returned to New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina flooded 80 percent of the city have united to rescue their neighborhoods, help one another and speak of how the storm drew many of them closer to God. At Grace Church...

May 1, 2006

I won’t blame you if you’re thinking, “What in the world is LeBlanc doing back in this space?” I had a brief sojourn with the Anglican Communion Network, and quickly learned that public relations is not the sharpest...

May 1, 2006

Charles E. Jenkins III's life within the Episcopal Church began with the death of his father. When Don Green Jenkins reached the end of a long struggle with aggressive skin cancer, the family called on Paul Bigger, an Episcopal priest, to...

June 1, 2005

On April 17, Christ Episcopal Church of Overland Park, Kan., completed a three-week vote on whether to separate itself from the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Kansas. Parishioners voted 873 to 211, or 81 percent to 19 percent, in...

April 1, 2005

A few nights ago, I dreamed of our 20-year-old cat, Spot, whom we put down in August as kidney disease made her life ever more uncomfortable. It was the kind of nightmare that left me relieved to be awake again but also cast a cloud of...

January 1, 2005

The Archbishop of Canterbury has called for real efforts at repentance. Here are mine. Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, marked the beginning of Advent by writing to his fellow primates, focusing most of his words on the...

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