Saturday, November 19, 2005

CHRISTIANITY TODAY. The troops are restless in the Church of England. Possibly for the first time, the head guy is under attack. One of the controversial things about the appointment of this Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, was his liberal stance on gay priests. 17 of the 38 primates signed a letter to the Archbishop, urging him to take action against “unrepented sexual immorality” in the Church.

The letter said “We wonder whether your personal dissent from this consensus prevents you from taking the necessary steps to confront those churches that have embraced teaching contrary to the communion the letter is said to have read. We urge you to rethink your personal view and embrace the church’s consensus. And to act on it as it is clear in the witness of scripture.”

While this is going on, the diocese of New Westminster in Canada was busy becoming the first in the Anglican communion to introduce a service of blessing for same-sex couples. The British bishops previously rejected such services in July. Also while this is going on, a Presbyterian congregation in New York has ordained a gay man who is not celibate. They did this despite their denomination's ban on sexually active homosexuals joining the clergy. This guy is serving as pastor of the Palisades Presbyterian Church in Palisades, New York. When asked if he would abide by the church's constitution, the pastor said yes, except for a measure that says ministers must practice fidelity if married and chastity if single.

I didn’t know you got to choose which rules to obey.
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