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January 7, 2013

Church of England Lifts Gay Bishop Ban

The House of Bishops put out a statement confirming that gay clergy in civil partnerships will be eligible for appointment as bishops, if they remain celibate. The announcement followed a working group’s review of Church of England rules governing civil partnerships.

In July 2011, the House of Bishops announced a review of a statement published six years earlier, which allowed for clergy to be in civil partnerships but effectively put a moratorium on gay bishops. After the review, the group of bishops decided that “clergy in civil partnerships and in accordance with the teaching of the Church on human sexuality can be considered as candidates for the episcopate,” the Rev. Graham Jones, bishop of Norwich, said.

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BTW, all that ale in my two refrigerators . . . I don’t actually drink it.  And don’t you dare question my truthfulness on that.

[1] Posted by Newbie Anglican on 1-7-2013 at 10:22 AM · [top]

This can only strengthen the GAFCON movement.

[2] Posted by Ralph on 1-7-2013 at 10:58 AM · [top]

If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck and swims like a duck, it’s actually an elephant that everyone is doing their best to ignore.

[3] Posted by SpongJohn SquarePantheist on 1-7-2013 at 12:24 PM · [top]

And they are pre-emptively laying out the red carpet for such an elephant, even before he arrives, which is the scariest part. Although I suppose Jeffrey-Johns is eager for his moment in the spotlight?

[4] Posted by SpongJohn SquarePantheist on 1-7-2013 at 12:26 PM · [top]

In order to ascertain whether or not a candidate for bishop has all his ducks in a row, I guess they are going to have to appoint a chamberlain, and that doesn’t sound quite right.

[5] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 1-7-2013 at 02:06 PM · [top]

Any conservative gullible enough to fall for this is probably related to Neville Chamberlain.

[6] Posted by SpongJohn SquarePantheist on 1-7-2013 at 02:26 PM · [top]

I believe, in the parlance, my response to the ‘condition’ would be “ROTFLMAO”.

[7] Posted by GrandpaDino on 1-7-2013 at 02:42 PM · [top]

I’m reminded of Brooklyn and bridges that are for sale.

[8] Posted by Bill2 on 1-7-2013 at 05:17 PM · [top]

In addition to the statement from Abp. Wabukala on behalf of Gafcon and FCA (already a thread on SF), comes this statement from Abp. Ntagali, who recently succeeded ++Henry Orombi as Primate of Uganda.
link that I hope works

His concluding sentence:
“Our grief and sense of betrayal are beyond words.”

[9] Posted by tjmcmahon on 1-7-2013 at 06:46 PM · [top]

ABp Ntagali’s statement is concise and very powerful. As darkness falls on the CoE, I see that GAFCON may well by the future of true Anglicanism, and I hope that God will lead the GAFCON folks to find a way to be able to tolerate the Anglo-Catholic tradition in doctrine and in worship. Rome is not home.

I have personally witnessed BCP 1979 Rite I done in informal style, with a keyboard, guitars, and praise music. I get waves of nausea even thinking about it.

Even if CoE gets a few homosexual bishops, they will at least have the men and boys choirs, and Evensong Done Well, for a few more years…until the great cathedrals become whitewashed tombs.

À chacun son goût, je pense.

I wonder when the formal break with Canterbury, and the resulting disintegration of the Anglican Communion, will occur.

In my area of the world, and in my generation, I suspect that very few places will be able to support both Evangelical and Anglo-Catholic church plants.

[10] Posted by Ralph on 1-7-2013 at 08:01 PM · [top]

I’m glad this nonsense will be pinned on Rowan Williams as a fitting end to a feckless, wandering and disastrous tenure as ABC.

[11] Posted by Bill2 on 1-7-2013 at 09:42 PM · [top]

Don’t run to Rome - nearly half their clergy, many bishops, even one infamous RC Archbishop (now retired) are infected with homosexual inclination, non-celibate, and/or found with child porn.

[12] Posted by St. Nikao on 1-7-2013 at 10:02 PM · [top]

tjmcmahon at #9, thank you for the link to ++Ntagali’s statement. 

No matter how predictable these developments might be, it is good to see that Anglican leaders are speaking out and providing godly leadership to true-hearted Anglicans all around the world.

[13] Posted by MichaelA on 1-11-2013 at 08:33 PM · [top]

As long as they’re “celebate” . . . and how would we know that??
By this action alone, we can see the Church sliding off into the same oblivion TEC now finds itself with the fastest growing church in America - the Anglican Church of North America - quickly becoming its replacement.

[14] Posted by tpaine on 2-18-2013 at 04:57 PM · [top]

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