The Archbishop of Canterbury continues to rebuke TEC, criticizing the nomination of Mary Glasspool for Suffragen Bishop in LA.
The freedom claimed, for example, by the Episcopal Church to ordain a partnered homosexual bishop is, simply as a matter of fact, something that has a devastating impact on the freedom of, say, the Malaysian Christian to proclaim the faith without being cast as an enemy of public morality and risking both credibility and personal safety.This is the first I've heard about the Malaysian. That's the same as the lesbian bishop? How and why?
He conflates GLBT equality with euthanasia.
The debate over the status and vocational possibilities of LGBT people in the Church is not helped by ignoring the existing facts, which include many regular worshippers of gay or lesbian orientation and many sacrificial and exemplary priests who share this orientation. There are ways of speaking about the question that seem to ignore these human realities or to undervalue them; I have been criticised for doing just this, and I am profoundly sorry for the carelessness that could give such an impression. Equally, there are ways of speaking about the assisted suicide debate that treat its proponents as universally enthusiasts for eugenics and forced euthanasia, and its opponents as heartless sadists, sacrificing ordinary human pity to ideological purity.
He supports the battle against equality in the civil sphere and claims the church should not have to function, in a civil society, in accordance with civil law.
Granting such communities freedom to define their own position does not negate the general legal freedoms of anyone; attempting to bind such communities by legal definition arguably does negate the liberties of the community to be what it says it is.Listen, any time the church is not looking after the Least of These, there;s a problem. Doesn't he read The Book? (I trained in Lit Crit as an English major. It seems to me a lot of these Conservatives have never Read the Book.)
Yet he says next to nothing to rebuke the Anglican Church of Uganda for supporting criminalization of homosexuality.
Let's remember what the C of Uganda is doing...with only a faint peep from Rowan. Quoted by MadPriest:
The Church of Uganda, therefore, believes that “Homosexual practice is incompatible with Scripture” and we recommend that the following issues be taken into consideration:
....strengthens the existing Penal Code to protect the boy child, especially from homosexual exploitation; to prohibit lesbianism, bestiality, and other sexual perversions; and to prohibit procurement of material and promotion of homosexuality as normal or as an alternative lifestyle, be adopted.
So, I'm puzzled. A lesbian bishop, who is widely agreed to be extremely well qualified, is to be opposed. And the desire of the Ugandans to kill the gays is a mild tut tut?????