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One irony of the General Convention is that the House of Bishops is more representative of the folks back home than the House of Deputies.
Conventional wisdom is that the House of Deputies, made up of lay people and local clergy who have to stand for re-election every three years, has the pulse of the people back home. Thus the cacophonous, sometimes raucous nature of the House of Deputies as diverse constituencies battle it out in a Convention Center of ideas.
Meanwhile, the thinking goes, the House of Bishops, made up of men and women who are elected to serve, even in retirement, until death, gather in carpeted, quieted rooms voting their consciences at round tables, secure in the knowledge they can ride out an unpopular vote back home.
But the reality is different.
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Also, read Fr. Ohmer's additional reflections on this topic here.