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Global South urges Church of England to pull back on gay bishops: Anglican Ink, January 12, 2013 January 12, 2013

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The Rt. Rev. Robert Paterson

The Global South Coalition of Anglican Primates – representing a majority of members of the Anglican Communion – has urged the House of Bishops of the Church of England to rescind its decision to permit clergy in gay civil partnerships to be appointed to the Episcopate.

By allowing partnered gay clergy to become bishops, the Church of England was jeopardizing the lives of Anglicans in majority Muslim countries, who would become targets of rage from extremists who would not appreciate the distinction being drawn by the House of Bishops between sexually active gay bishops and bishops who had entered a legal relationship defined by sexual activity, but who would nonetheless refrain from sexual activity.

Signed by nine archbishops, the statement follows responses from the Archbishops of Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria last week decrying the initiative.

The explosion over gay civil partnerships appears to have been an “own goal” on the part of the House of Bishops of the Church of England.  The Bishop of Sodor and Man, the Rt. Rev. Robert Paterson – who had been charged with leading a committee investigating the question – has stated the matter was taken out of his committee’s hands by the House of Bishops executive committee.

The final statement released on 20 Dec 2012 was not in exact accordance with the recommendations of his committee.  He noted the bulk of the business of the meeting had been devoted to the women bishops question and the civil partnership issue was not given a thorough hearing.  What was adopted was a holding statement — non-answer driven by legal advice that would satisfy parties until the final decision was made later this year.

Read it all in Anglican Ink.


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2. The Rt Revd Richard Palmer - January 12, 2013

Why does the Church need to be concerned with matters of gay life-styles? It would save a great deal of time and energy simply to admit that active gay people are not welcome, as being contrary to perceived biblical prohibitions, and say so unequivocally. At least gay people would then know that they should keep clear of the Churches opposed to gay life-styles and create their own Churches (as some have done). It is quite clear that the whole issue will not go away. It is a waste of time for gay people to bother with Churches, seemingly, and demonstratively, opposed to their creative God-given instincts.

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