My friend Shirley in Northern Ireland [Hi Shirley 🙂 ] sent me a link to a delightful and insightful opinion piece by the Guardians Stephen Bates, who discusses the recent resolution by the Episcopal Church to “to affirm its belief that gays, lesbians and transgendered folk are eligible to be considered for ordination…” He believes this is an important and historic watershed moment for the worldwide Anglican Community.
Addressing some of the critics to the resolution, Bates highlights the hypocrisy and nearsightedness of the church,
As Tom Wright, Bishop of Durham, expostulates in the Times, it gives active expression to any and every sexual desire. This, as Wright – a clever if conceited man – ought to know, is simply not true. The sort of relationship that the Episcopalians might sanction is not any old promiscuous or abusive perversion, but a lifelong, loving commitment between two persons of the sort you might think the church would welcome and which Wright could find any day of the week among the currently ordained clergy of the Church of England. In a church which marries without question promiscuous heterosexuals, sometimes several times, and blesses pets and nuclear submarines without a qualm, you might think the expression of mutual commitment, which may or may not have a sexual element if you are prurient enough to ask, would be welcomed rather than spurned. After all, the church some time ago accepted the reality of divorce (its founder Henry VIII was rather keen on the idea) about which the Bible has much more disobliging things to say than homosexuality.
Check out the whole piece: The Anglican church’s crumbling foundations