Sep 25, 2010

DO AS WE SAY--NOT AS WE DO: The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has 'no problem' with gay people being bishops as long as they remain celibate...

Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, Anglican Communion
¨Liberals are likely to be angered by the Archbishop's insistence that celibacy must be compulsory for homosexual clergy but not for heterosexuals.

Conservatives would argue his stance puts him at odds with church teaching.

Dr Williams also revealed he will retire before his full term as Archbishop ends in 10 years, saying: 'I will not be doing this job when I'm 70.'

The Rt. Reverend V. Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire, partnered/married The Episcopal Church, Anglican Communion
He said that he had been 'conscious' of the issue of homosexuality as 'a wound in the whole ministry' since his appointment as Archbishop of Canterbury in 2002.


But said he had to decide against endorsing gay relationships for clergy and bishops because 'the cost to the Church overall was too great to be bourne at that point'.

He said: 'To put it very simply, there's no problem about a gay person who's a bishop. It's about the fact that there are traditionally, historically, standards that the clergy are expected to observe. So there's always a question about the personal life of the clergy.'

The Very Reverend Dr. Jeffrey John, blocked by Dr. Williams for post as Bishop of Reading
Dr Williams admitted that one of the most difficult periods in his eight years at Lambeth Palace came when he blocked the appointment of the gay, celibate cleric Jeffrey John to the post of Bishop of Reading. Read it all HERE

'Yet again, Rowan is sitting on the fence regarding gay clergy...I don't know how Rowan sleeps at night.Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell told the newspaper that the Archbishop was being inconsistent.
Drexel Gomez, former Archbishop of the West Indies (including the deadly LGBT hate crime riddled--murder and corrective rape-- diocese of Jamaica) and chairperson of the Anglican Covenant Design Group 
'Before he became Archbishop of Canterbury, he supported gay inclusion and equality. Now he victimises gay clergy like Jeffrey John and goes out of his way to accommodate some of the most hateful Christian homophobes in the world.
Accommodating ¨some of the most hateful Christian Homophobes in the World¨ in Africa, August 2010

A Biblical Moment:  Singing Gods Praise with various Hypocrites, Bigots and Thieves
'In his eyes, Church unity is more important than the human rights of lesbian and gay people.' HERE

·  Thanks to The Daily Mail, England
·  Thanks to The Times, United Kingdom
·  Thanks to The Very Reverend Jeffrey John, Church of England
·  Thanks to Peter Tatchell, United Kingdom

5 comments:

Grandmère Mimi said...

How sad. The cost of equality and inclusion is too great? Methinks Rowan has that backwards. The cost to the church of exclusion and inequality has been enormous.

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

What Grand'mère said!

Fr Hugh Jass said...

The man has no shame.

Caminante said...

The pictures accompanying this posting are nauseating.

Leonardo Ricardo said...

Caminante,

Not the one of Bishop Robinson, it´s amongst my favorites of him however you DO have a point with the others (and I selected them specifically because they reveal the sickening righteous arrogance of the various bigots, cowards, liars and thieves presented).