Gay Episcopal bishop says 'Holy Spirit led us’
By Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA TODAY
The openly gay Episcopal bishop whose ordination threatens to fracture the worldwide Anglican Communion said Wednesday he “genuinely and deeply regrets” the pain this caused some believers, but he sees no need to repent because “the Holy Spirit led us.”
Robinson: Report “opens the door” to discussion about gays in the church.
By Mary Altaffer, AP
New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson spoke out in response to a report on reconciliation issued Monday by an international commission of church leaders.
The report criticized the Episcopal Church USA and the Anglican Church of Canada, where a diocese had begun blessing same-sex marriages, for failing to consult with their international brethren. It also rapped international bishops who branded the American actions as a “satanic attack” on the faith.
The commission that authored the report was made up of 17 leaders of the 77 million-member worldwide Anglican Communion. It told the U.S. and Canadian churches to hold off electing or ordaining any more openly gay bishops. They said the action had wounded the communion by failing “to offer an explanation to, or consult meaningfully with, the communion as a whole about the significant development of theology.”
Robinson also said Wednesday that the “big news” in the report is that it “opens the door to worldwide discussion” about the roles of gays and lesbians in the church.
Robinson, 57, a divorced father who lives with his male partner, pointed out that the moratorium on ordaining gays is not a permanent ban. “Moratoria get lifted,” he said.
He said he finds it “astoundingly important” that there was no call to repentance and that the report stresses the great value of remaining in communion — willing to meet and pray together."