The Church of England is to review its policy towards same-sex relationships and consider allowing gay clergy to be ordained as bishops.
It comes after a rise in the number of clergy entering civil partnerships.
There is also pressure on the Church to conform to laws guaranteeing equal treatment to gay people.
Lawyers have said the Church could not reject clergy as potential bishops on the basis of their homosexual orientation alone. - bbc
Equal opportunities is fine. But equalising sin with virtue in respect of equal opportunities isn’t. You can have equal opportunities in having your sin forgiven, but not having it respected.
However, when it comes to Christianity, equal opportunities is not applicable, at least not when it comes to sexual orientation. The bible is quite clear on this matter. If it is not mentioned, that’s fine. But it is presented as sinful on the one hand, whilst heterosexuality is promoted on the other. Hence, according to the precepts contained within the bible, to employ a spiritual guide who is a homosexual who takes pride in ‘being gay’ is quite nonsensical. That is akin to having a catholic as the head of a satanic church. It is not that the satanic church or the catholic church does not practice equal opportunities, it’s just that the belief system is completely different, and your sin is not viewed as alright simply because it is a matter of ‘preference’. What next, strippers doing the pole-dance by the alter in rhythm with a chorus of ‘hallelujahs’ during Sunday mass?
When it comes to equal opportunities in church, i’ve got no problem with women being priests, bishops or popes. Their gender got nothing to do with the degree to which they can do the job. Their gender isn’t a sin. In fact, so long as the woman hasn’t become too much like men in persona - like the ‘girl power’ ‘in your face’ ‘girls run the world’ ‘lady gaga’ and ‘beyonce’ style ‘women’ these days - i’d say they’d make better priests, bishops and popes.
But with homosexuality, that is a state of sin. Nothing wrong that either. Except that it is not even perceived as a sin by homosexuals. As it is not perceived as a sin, it would be whitewashed and cast as ok from the pulpit. It’s not unlike a priest who loves to womanise, or get a bit too close to choir boys, but is still allowed to become a bishop or a pope after publicly declaring his inclinations, and stating that there is nothing wrong about it. In his ordination as a bishop or a pope, the stamp of approval by the church is given, and the bible is officially perverted. I’ve no problem with sinful priests, bishops and popes, but i do have a problem with priests, bishops and popes who present sin as a virtue in an effort to stand up for equal opportunities. Just because being a stripper or a porn star might be respected professions in some parts of the world doesn't mean that they ought to be given equal opportunities and be ordained whilst stating that there is nothing wrong with being a stripper or a porn star.
Christianity is an equal opportunities faith. All sinners are welcome. But that doesn’t mean that their sin ought to be made to feel at home.
Christianity is an equal opportunities faith. All sinners are welcome. But that doesn’t mean that their sin ought to be made to feel at home. A sin is a sin, and Catholics, for instance, have the confession box to dispatch one’s sins, but it is getting ridiculous when we are absolved of our sins by a homosexual priest who celebrates his sinful identity. I have no problem with homosexuals becoming priests, bishops and popes, so long as they acknowledge that it is a sin. In the social arena, i wouldn’t perceive a homosexual as sinful. But within the church, yes. Most certainly. When we taint the pulpit with a sinner who is proud of his sin, the church loses its meaning.
So the ‘Church of England’, which isn’t much of a church anyway given that its head is an overprivileged and exploitative monarch, might choose to ordain homosexuals as bishops, but i do hope that the Catholic church doesn’t follow suit. Equal opportunities is fine. But equalising sin with virtue in respect of equal opportunities isn’t. You can have equal opportunities in having your sin forgiven, but not having it respected. I’m no saint, but the last thing i would expect from the church is their respect for my sin because they are supposed to respect me as a human being as much as any other.