The day of the dissolution of the Anglican Communion moves ever closer as certain bishops continue to move further and further from orthodox Christianity. To wit, gay priests in the Church of England will be allowed to register in the country’s new civil partnership laws, if they pledge to abstain from sex. And I have a very reasonably priced bridge in Brooklyn to sell, too.
The bishops claim that the law leaves them no choice but to allow gay priests to register under the law. Why? Because the church would be accused of discrimination because it allows heterosexual priests to marry? For one thing, this is an argument for a celibate priesthood and for exclusing gays from the priesthood. It’s also an argument in favor of separation of church and state.
Some bishops are balking at the proposal, but not for what you’d think. In order to register, the priest would have to be interviewed by his bishop and some bishops don’t like that idea.
One said this weekend “the Truth” has nothing to do with the decision.