I do wonder about clergy and the gay issue. I was discussing the sexual orientation of a cool cat with a priest the other day and said that I have no problem one way or the other. Setting aside the glaringly obvious curiosity about why I was having such a conversation in the first place, I am puzzled by the priest’s reaction.
If I’m truthful, I was hoping that the priest would join in with me and say that he did not have a problem either. He said nothing. He was quite silent and quite still. He too is a cool cat, but I didn’t hear one hint of a purr. The subject changed and the morning carried on.
It is odd and maybe relevant to me in a particular way because of my age and the culture I grew up in, but I do feel the need to say that I’m okay with people being gay. It is perhaps more of a comment on me really. I mean why do we have to make any kind of issue of it in the first place, surely it is quite silly, and maybe rude, to make something of it. After all I don’t go around saying, I’m okay with heterosexuality.
Then I remember Jeffrey John, the gay priest: who Rowan and Mr Sentimoo are so eager to prevent being a Bishop because he is gay and that would divide the Anglican Communion, and this has happened elsewhere so they are trying to impose a set of rules to prevent it happening elsewhere without relational consequences: and I come to my senses.
I know it has all been said before, but every now and then I get a kick up the backside and remember how truly reactionary some parts of the Church are, and how interpretation of scripture, and tradition whilst were at it, can exclude and twist the human soul. But on this occasion, the priest and I got on, as I said, with the day.
- Mr Sentamu does it to the Gay community. (mrcatolick.wordpress.com)
- Gay priest ‘considers suing Church of England for discrimination’ (guardian.co.uk)
- English Bishop Backs Gay Marriage: Queer Ferment in the Anglican Church. (queeringthechurch.com)
- Jeffrey John and the C.of E. – Chris Bryant (kiwianglo.wordpress.com)