I was reminded recently that people were happy and expectant when Rowan Williams was named ABC. How did he throw so many overboard; women and GLBT people? How did he go from this:
...Same-sex love annoyingly poses the question of what the meaning of desire is in itself, not considered as instrumental to some other process (the peopling of the world); and this immediately brings us up against the possibility not only of pain and humiliation without any clear payoff', but - just as worryingly - of non-functional joy: or, to put it less starkly, joy whose material "production" is an embodied person aware of grace. ....to this:
...In other words, if we are looking for a sexual ethic that can be seriously informed by our Bible, there is a good deal to steer us away from assuming that reproductive sex is a norm, however important and theologically significant it may be. When looking for a language that will be resourceful enough to speak of the complex and costly faithfulness between God and God's people, what several of the biblical writers turn to is sexuality understood very much in terms of the process of "entering the body's grace". If we are afraid of facing the reality of same-sex love because it compels us to think through the processes of bodily desire and delight in their own right, perhaps we ought to be more cautious about appealing to Scripture as legitimating only procreative heterosexuality.
In other words, the question is not a simple one of human rights or human dignity. It is that a certain choice of lifestyle has certain consequences. So long as the Church Catholic, or even the Communion as a whole does not bless same-sex unions, a person living in such a union cannot without serious incongruity have a representative function in a Church whose public teaching is at odds with their lifestyle.This is a man who immediately excoriates TEC for electing Mary Glasspool, while he says next to nothing about the Uganda "kill the gays" bill. A man who is palpably annoyed at troublesome women who actually expect, you know, equality.
Tobias Haller suggests, in the thread to his recent post
There occurred to me a thought that I think sums him and his attitude to TEC up: "I have sacrificed my conscience and my friends for the sake of unity, and I don't see why you shouldn't do the same." He hasn't said that, but actions speak louder than words. That the "unity" he seeks is unatainable, or already lost, he doesn't seem able to see.As I commented to Tobias there, hand clapped to forehead. That's it.
To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.True to oneself, one's beliefs, one's values, and one's understanding of what's right. And should you give all that up, you find you make an idol of "unity". And what's left?