Regarding homosexual political office seekers
By Fr. Alphonse de Valk
The main Anglican community in the world continues to distance itself further from orthodox Christianity. During the last 40 years the idea, first of approving priestesses, contrary to the Scriptures and unheard of in the 2000- year history of Christianity, followed immediately by the instalment of female bishops, has created such an abyss between mainstream Anglicans on the one hand and Catholics and Eastern Orthodox on the other that formal theological discussions are no longer possible for the time being, or perhaps forever.
The situation is further aggravated by the Anglican community’s surrender to the western world’s abandonment of Christian morality, first contraception (1930), then abortion (1967), today especially the acceptance of homosexuality as a principle and as a church-approved way of life and agenda. While contraception and abortion remain mostly unheard and unseen as private family matters, homosexuality, in contrast, is loud, provocative, ugly, and eminently destructive of unity. Even the collapse of Canada’s largest Protestant community, the United Church of Canada, in its abandonment of both dogma and morality, seems to have left no impact on Canadians.
Anglicans in Canada
Anglicans in Canada are an example how quickly the ground shifts. In January 2009 the Canadian Anglican diocese of Huron in London, ON, informed its congregations that while a nuptial blessing could not be conferred over same-sex unions, it would still be possible to “celebrate a Eucharist” with the “couple,” including “appropriate intercessory prayers.”
Later that same month the Anglican Archdiocese of Toronto, Canada’s largest Anglican community, let it be known that it will start blessing same-sex relationships within a year; for now, however, it announced, the blessing will be restricted to couples in “stable long-term committed relationships” (“Anglicans eyeing same-sex blessing;” Toronto Star, Jan. 21, 2009). On March 4, 2009, the Anglican diocese of Ottawa announced, without further ado, that it would begin to perform same-sex blessings, becoming thereby the first diocese to make such a move since the ban imposed by the international Anglican community. The 2007 moratorium of worldwide Anglicanism was imposed after the Canadian Diocese of New Westminster, in Vancouver, British Columbia, had struck out on its own and began performing same-sex blessings in 2002. This was followed by the ordination of Gene Robinson, as bishop of New Hampshire, USA, an openly “gay” man who had first left his wife and children for his male lover. Ottawa’s Archdeacon Ross Moulton meanwhile explained that Ottawa’s move was not a violation of the moratorium but an “experimental” move to help the diocese to continue its process of “discerning.” (“Anglican diocese will defy and bless,” National Post, March 4, 2009). In April 2007 Anglican leaders of Africa and Asia, meeting in London, announced that they would accept protestant Anglicans separating from mainline Anglicanism, as a new legitimate branch of the Anglican community. They themselves were about to separate as well. However, not all Africans are opposed to accepting homosexual behaviour: Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a well-known exception. Back in Canada, in May, 2009, the Anglican Bishop of London, ON, reiterated his determination to move forward on same-sex blessings and develop an appropriate “liturgy.” In August, the Anglican diocese of Niagara Falls followed suit in support of same-sex unions.