... the Church’s opposition to gay relationships is so patently unprincipled. In the Church of England we readily bless the second and even third marriages of couples who never darken our doors, yet we reject hundreds of our own faithful clergy and laypeople who long to bring their love and commitment before God and ask his blessing. While we dare to preach justice and equality in Christ’s name to the world, we seek exemptions to equality laws when it comes to our own employment and disciplinary practices. While we threaten to demote or debar American and Canadian Anglicans for appointing openly gay bishops and blessing gay unions, we are trying to appease homophobic Anglican churches in Africa which support extreme social and legal measures against homosexuals.
Not only gay people are repelled by all this. Many more people of
goodwill who instinctively expect the Church to uphold justice and truth
are scandalised when it so obviously does not. If secularism has gained
ground in Britain in recent years, along with the demand that the
Church of England must be disestablished and surrender its voice in
national life, then it is our mishandling of the gay issue more than
anything else that has brought it about.Read more