|...deliberations of the group appointed to select a new bishop of Southwark were marked by ¨acrimony and manipulation.¨ HERE|
¨Last week, a leaked memorandum revealed that the deliberations of the group appointed to select a new bishop of Southwark were marked by acrimony and manipulation. The same day the House of Bishops' meeting in York failed to agree new guidelines to evaluate whether a gay priest was fit to be appointed bishop, guidelines seemingly designed to prevent Jeffrey John from being appointed.
There are in the House of Bishops five who are gay. Other bishops are their friends and are actively supportive of gay and lesbian priests and lay people in the church. When the new guidelines were being discussed, it appears that not one of the gay bishops had the courage to say to his brothers: hang on, I'm gay? Nor did any of the gay-friendly bishops present have the courage to say: hang on, some of you may not know who among us is gay, but I have several good friends in this room who are.
|There are 13 bishops who are gay in The Church of England and none are publicly open about their sexuality|
The church has created an impossible dilemma for itself. No candidate who is gay or has been involved in a same-sex relationship in the past is going to willingly volunteer this information. It is rightly a personal matter and in secular society, irrelevant to someone's capacity to perform their work. Secular employment best practice sets an example that the Church of England would do well to adopt. The process of appointing bishops should be transparent and open...please read it all, The Reverend Colin Coward HERE
|The Archbishop of Canterbury has been ¨creating impossible dilemmas¨|
|The Archbishop of York has been ¨straining every legal sinew¨|
|(emphasis and photos added by Leonardo Ricardo)|
· Thanks to The Church Times, United Kingdom
· Thanks to the Reverend Dr Giles Fraser, Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral and Director of the St Paul’s Institute
· Thanks to The Guardian, United Kingdom
· Thanks to the Reverend Colin Coward
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