Monday, February 13, 2017

The Guardian view on Anglicans and gay clergy: stop listening, start leading

From The Gaurdian-

George Orwell’s phrase about “the smelly little orthodoxies which are now contending for our souls” was coined at a time of impending global tragedy but it returns as parochial farce to haunt the General Synod of the Church of England. On Wednesday, it meets to consider a report that appears to be a further attempt to avoid a decision about gay people. In fact, the aim appears to be to avoid the words “gay” and “lesbian” entirely .

The official language of the church piles phrases like “experiencing same-sex attraction” over the reality, rather than the plain English that would make its problem clear. There is an obvious explanation for this: the church is facing an existential crisis in membership and credibility, and the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, like his predecessors, is concerned above all to avoid an open split over sexuality or anything else. Since there is no real agreement possible between those who think that gay sex is always wrong and the rest of us, the only way they could even appear to agree is to change the subject. But they can’t. For both sides, this has been the consuming test of Christian values for the past 30 years.

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