Church of England lifts ban on gay bishops

LONDON --The Church of England said Friday that it will allow gay men to become bishops, putting it closer to its sister Episcopal Church in the United States but at odds with many conservatives in the worldwide Anglican Communion.

The House of Bishops put out a statement confirming that gay clergy in civil partnerships will be eligible for appointment as bishops, if they remain celibate. The announcement followed a working group’s review of Church of England rules governing civil partnerships.

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(2 Peter 2:4-22 DRB)

Please can everyone who reads this say a prayer for us in the Church of England. I believe that the political correctness ideology is nothing less than the work of the Great Deceiver himself, who wields a strong influence over our political establishment.

Good Lord, deliver us.

Although there may be situations such as this, I would think it unusual for a person currently in a civil partnership to remain celibate. I assume this information would need to be ascertained from the prospective bishop, or am I misinterpreting the Church’s decision?

gay clergy in civil partnerships will be eligible for appointment as bishops, if they remain celibate.

What a mess. :facepalm:
This is what happens when people decide to go create their own churches. No surprise though considering this church was born out of the infidelities of their apostate king. Happy trails “church of England”.

Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy Kingdom come, thy Will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses,as we forgive them that trespasses against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Amen.

Thank you for your charitable response.

I went to the actual statement which is titled ‘Statement Regarding Clergy in a Civil Partnership as Candidates for the Episcopate’. It says:

The House has confirmed that clergy in civil partnerships, and living in accordance with the teaching of the Church on human sexuality, can be considered as candidates for the episcopate. There had been a moratorium on such candidates for the past year and a half while the working party completed its task

Since currently the Church of England does not allow for women to be bishops this should only apply to men. But the statement does not seem to address only homosexuals. It seems to apply to anyone. I assume you could have a heterosexual bishop in a civil partnership with a woman and this change would allow them to be made a bishop.

At the same time the statement says the clergy must be living in accordance with the church’s teachings on human sexuality. I’m not quite sure what that is. But if it is that outside of marriage one should be celibate then technically this means only those who are celibate can be made a bishop. There should be nothing wrong with that from an orthodox Christian perspective. The problem would be that such a living condition would cause scandal. From this point of view this is a far bigger problem than allowing ‘gay’ bishops, which might not even be a problem if we change the term to men with same sex attraction. This is actually undermining sexual morality, prudence, marriage, and the notion that clergy should lead by a strong example.

If they are in “civil partnerships”, how are they celibate? What a completely confusing ruling.

This is a sad time indeed. For Anglicans as well as Catholics.

I’d put the sadness more over on the Anglican side.

GKC

To think that England, that once had an empire that spanned the globe, is now reduced to this sophistry.

As the old foe attacks the church, it’s a reminder to “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:”

For all of my Anglican siblings, my prayers are with you. :signofcross:

Jon

Triple facepalm X 3…
…A most accurate assessment of the natural end “man made” religion ultimately reaches…
…This statement should warrant some new membership into the Catholic Church.

Possibly, but there are also continuing Anglican communions available that reject this, as well as LCMS Lutheranism, and Orthodoxy.

Jon

Thanks Jon for your prayers - that means a lot. I hope the rest of you will kindly refrain from using all the hymnody from our man-made religion which you see fit to mock in this thread.

All for it so long as they are actively celibate and not teaching a pro homosexual agenda.

(of course this is england…)

That is so.

GKC

posterus traditus Anglicanus

Sorry for the lack of charity in my last post. I’m simply shocked how much has changed in England in the last 80 years.

I hope and pray that all who remain true to the church either can rescind this modern man-made novelty, or find refuge.

In a sense, it’s also a prayer and hope for all of us, for we have all same creeping secularism at our church door.

I am very sad for you… I think you need our sympathy and not our scorn, as NONE of us were alive when Henry VIII founded the Church of England. I think it’s terrible that Her Majesty would allow such a thing to happen. She seems like such a strait-laced lady… Is the British Monarch still the Head of the Anglican Church? Does she get a say? Or has she granted her tacit approval?

Also… once upon a time I was concerned about the Catholic Church becoming more and more conservative… It doesn’t seem like such a bad thing now. I think we’re in good hands with Benedict XVI; and I don’t see Catholicism changing course anytime soon, either.

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