Bishop of Alabama Votes for Same Sex Blessings but Against Allowing in Alabama
“Theology is an ongoing revelation,” Sloan told The Birmingham News. “It’s influenced by context. There are parts of the country that are more conservative and traditional, and there are parts of the country that are more liberal. In Alabama, it would be divisive within the Episcopal Church. We are deeply conflicted about this. I’d like for us to work through and pray about it.”
He did not permanently rule out such blessings, saying they may eventually be allowed.
“I don’t have a timetable in mind,” he said. “I foresee that that’s a possibility.”
Politic speak for I need to get through this stewardship thing and wait until those pesky orthodox fall asleep again.
Those who support same-sex blessings said they were surprised Sloan will not allow them.
“He worked on the committee that developed the rite,” said Brad LaMonte, the Southeast regional vice president of Integrity, which promotes gay rights in the church. “It’s bizarre that he’s not allowing it in Alabama.”
Yes, he had no problem voting to pollute the waters and further eroding ECUSA’s very, very weak claim to Christianity. It will probably also help weed out those pesky orothodox who remain awake and watchful.
It would be a good time for the faithful to make sure Alabama has adequate resources available for those who are seeking help in dealing with unwanted same sex attraction. Since the subject is so fresh in the bishop’s mind, this might be a great time to call him and arrange to have such resources added to the Alabama arsenal. There are numerous groups that excel in that area. Redeemed Lives comes immediately to mind.
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