Friday, 1 July 2011

Avoiding the subject

 An interesting article from the Changing Attitude blog about the announcement that the House of Bishops is to undertake a two year review of the 2005 pastoral statement on sexuality in response to the dilemma of what to do about priest in civil partnerships and whether they should be allowed to be appointed as bishops.
A statement released by the House informs us,

“Contrary to popular perception the House of Bishops has spent very little time over recent years discussing homosexuality."
Colin Coward looks at some of the reasons that might lie behind this reticence - such as the fact that many of those who would be discussing whether we should allow gay bishops are themselves gay? It seems to me that the purpose for this review is to gauge whether it will be possible for the Church of England to continue to exclude priests in Civil Partnerships ; I would love to be proved wrong, but I won't be holding my breath!


  1. Do you know where the Bishops "listen" to homos? I have often wondered which homos are invited to speak to those Lordships who haven't yet heard a homo's voice. I understand poofs don't like to be vilified, hated and put to death. If the homos explain this to the House of Bishops, do you think they might "listen"?

  2. The only thing the House of Bishops needs to listen to is the voice of its conscience - which has been so long stilled that it is just a quiet, dry whisper, Fr Ivan Oder.