Monday, September 1, 2008

New fears of schism in Anglican Church

From the London Daily Telegraph. Jeffery John (gay priest) (pictured without the hat) may get an episcopacy after all. He's living with a partner, but celibate - nuances abound !

"But even though he has had a civil partnership ceremony with his long-term partner Grant Holmes, Dr John is not in a “practising” relationship. As he said in an interview with The Times at the height of the Reading controversy, his relationship is a celibate one. The Church of England’s bishops issued guidelines in 1991, Issues in Human Sexuality, that have become an unofficial benchmark for the entire Communion. These guidelines offered guarded acceptance of committed, faithful gay relationships for the laity. For gay clergy, though, celibacy was made the rule, a rule that Dr John lives within."

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