[Flashback] Alabama bishop defends Episcopal Church statement in support of ordaining homosexuals
Just a little reminder of the character and level of integrity of the bishop of Alabama, Henry Parsley.
What a disgraceful lie that statement was in the aftermath of the 2009 General Convention—and how thoroughly demonstrated that lie is now.
From the Birmingham News, where there is more:
Many observers, both conservative and liberal, say the 2006 moratorium has been essentially overturned by the new resolution.
“My view is that it doesn’t overturn the resolution from three years ago,” Parsley said. “It reminds the larger church where we are in terms of valuing the gifts of all our members.
“This does not repeal the moratorium; it says we’re open to all people. It affirms our relationships with the Anglican Communion and acknowledges that there are many who don’t agree. It’s very respectful. We continue to seek the mind of Christ.”
Parsley said he hoped the denomination would abide by its previous call to refrain from ordaining any more openly practicing homosexuals as bishops, for the sake of Anglican unity.
“I would see that as still having effect, although this statement affirms the ministry and the gifts of all people,” Parsley said. “That does include gays and lesbians. There’s been wrestling for some years with recognizing the gifts of gays and lesbians in the church, particularly in terms of ordination.”
Parsley said he hopes this helps settle the ordination matter . . .
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