Sunday, May 29, 2005

Church of England Allowing Gay Preists to Marry

The liberal Church of England (Episcopal Church in America) has decided that Gay priests can marry, but not have sex.
HOMOSEXUAL priests in the Church of England will be allowed to “marry” their boyfriends under a proposal drawn up by senior bishops, led by Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The decision ensures that gay and lesbian clergy who wish to register relationships under the new “civil partnerships” law — giving them many of the tax and inheritance advantages of married couples — will not lose their licences to be priests.

They will, however, have to give an assurance to their diocesan bishop that they will abstain from sex. The bishops are trying to uphold the church doctrine of forbidding clergy from sex except in a full marriage. They accept, however, that the new law leaves them little choice but to accept the right of gay clergy to have civil partners.

The decision is likely to reopen the row over homosexuality that has split the worldwide Anglican communion. It may also overshadow an international meeting of senior bishops next month designed to heal rifts between liberals and conservatives over the issue.

This may be the straw that broke the camel's back, I foresee a split in the Anglican Church because of this non-biblical ruling. Asking gay priests not to have sex with their "partner" is like giving a boy a Porsche and asking him not to go fast. It's going to happen and everyone knows it. Just because homosexuality has come out of the closet doesn't mean we have to acknowledge it as being legitimate, nor do we have to accept it as being moral. The Archbishop just made it impossible for any reconciliation between the liberal and conservative parts of the church, and a split WILL happen. He is wrong in his ruling and he is wrong in his thinking, and God will hold him accountable for it.

Mr Minority