Anglican Archbishop Speaks Out Against Lesbian Bishop, Refuses to Speak Out Against Uganda ‘Kill Gays’ Bill

More on the election of openly lesbian bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles Mary Glasspool over the weekend.

Glasspool Said Glasspool: "I'm very excited about the future of the whole Episcopal Church and I
see the Diocese of Los Angeles leading the way into that future. But
for just for this moment, let me say again, thank you, and thanks be to
our loving and supporting God, a surprising God."

The L.A. Times reports: "Today, as he announced the vote that gave Glasspool a majority, Los
Angeles Episcopal Bishop J. Jon Bruno's voice choked with emotion. Then
he joked that someone had asked whether he could work with two women as
his suffragan bishops. 'I have to tell you I was born from a mother’s
womb and I’ve been taking orders from women ever since,' he said,
adding, 'I can assure you I can work with two women.'  After her election, Glasspool was surrounded by supporters, both gay and straight. Several wept as they embraced her."

Williams The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams is concerned about the election of Glasspool: "In a statement posted on his website Dr Williams said the election 'raises very serious questions not just for the Episcopal Church and its place in the Anglican Communion, but for the Communion as a whole'. … 'The process of selection however is only part complete,' he said. 'The election has to be confirmed, or could be rejected, by diocesan bishops and diocesan standing committees. That decision will have very important implications.'

Bishops of the US Episcopal Church voted in July to overturn a three-year ban on the appointment of gay bishops.

Anglican leaders had asked the Church to observe the moratorium. 'The bishops of the Communion have collectively acknowledged that a period of gracious restraint in respect of actions which are contrary to the mind of the Communion is necessary if our bonds of mutual affection are to hold,' said Dr Williams."

Williams, incidentally, has refused to condemn Uganda's "kill the gays" bill:

"In response to public pressure, Williams’ office said three days ago (3 December) that 'attempts to publicly influence either the local church or political opinion in Uganda would be divisive and counter productive. Our contacts, at both national and diocesan level, with the local church will therefore remain intensive but private'.

While most accept the Archbishop’s sincerity in opposing the Ugandan legislation, many suggest that he is being naïve about his tactics and giving the impression that Christian leaders will not speak up for gay people’s human rights. His decision to question Glasspool’s appointment, while saying nothing on Uganda, is likely to fuel such criticisms."


  1. patrick nyc says

    If you were a casting director, who would play the villain, Glasspool or Williams? The later needs a pair of tweezers for those eye brows.

  2. Jordan says

    Having read some of Williams’ stuff, I think it’s fair to say that he’s probably quite a nice man and fairly liberally-minded. He has placed himself in a precarious situation where he must largely suppress those views – or so he believes – in his role as representative of all Anglicans.

    I don’t pity him for this, though. He could change the rules of the game and use his bully pulpit for explicit good, and he refuses to do that.

  3. TANK says

    The creepy religious gays (church fags, as a black friend of mine would refer to them as) are flocking to these stories. “They don’t ‘ate us! We’s still good in lord’s eyes! The bish ain’t such a bad guy…he’s a clever swell fella…don’t have to be progay at all! Can do the same thing as rick warren! Another guy ain’t so bad for us religious gays!” And then they slither away…. Broken people/broken minds. To participate is to be responsible. I’m sure many nazis weren’t antisemitic either.

  4. Brad says

    So if I read this right, he doesn’t want a lesbian bishop because that would upset some people in the Agnlican communion. He also doesn’t want to comment on the Uganda situation because that would be too political and upset people.
    Mr. Williams needs to grow a spine and show some leadership. The Anglican Communion is about as powerful organization as the British Commonwealth, that is to say, not powerful at all. So what if a few churches drop away? Let them for it shows them for the fringe lunatics they are. And they wonder why some of us want nothing to do with organized religion and Christianism.

  5. says

    The fact that Williams will not issue one declarative statement that rejects and condemns the Ugandan effort on the basis that it is an affront to human rights makes his office and his church useless and in no way an authority on what is morally or ethically righteous.

  6. says

    The fact that Williams will not issue one declarative statement that rejects and condemns the Ugandan effort on the basis that it is an affront to human rights makes his office and his church useless and in no way an authority on what is morally or ethically righteous.

  7. AlexInBoston says

    Come on folks you know the drill with Religious folks: “Live Lesbian BAD – Dead GAYS GOOD!!!” Isn’t that what their Jeebus teaches???????

  8. says

    The “Jism Schism” has rent the Anglican Communion in twain. Good for them. Like the Republican Party, it’s time for them to re-assess who their base is. It’s a time of healing, and is an exciting opportunity to re-invent what it means to be Anglican or Episcopalian. But if Williams continues to be such a milquetoast about human rights, then his organization will rightly continue to devolve into a complete irrelevancy.

  9. soon to be Catholic says

    The Bible warned us this would happen. St.Paul told his young protege,St Timothy,”For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching,but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings,and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths.”
    ( 2 St Timothy 4:3-4 )
    “The ship of Anglicanism seems to be going down,”
    “I shall be seeking a move to Rome.To stay in the Church of England would be suicide.”
    Fr. Ed Tomlinson,Vicar of St Barnabas
    ( a soon to be Catholic)

    “Anglicanism has become a joke because it has singuarly failed to deal with any of its contentious issues.”
    Rt. Rev. John Broadhurst
    ( a soon to be Catholic )

    My whole family is now in the process of entering the Catholic fold.I Pray for evey God loving Anglican to do the same.

  10. Greenman says

    I am not an Anglican, hell i’m not even a Christian. BUT if Bp. Glasspool’s consecration shatters the Anglican Communion then it was much too fragile to begin with.
    As for “Soon to be Catholic”…there are so many differences between Rome & Canterbury. If you are more comfortable with a former Nazi, absolute dictator who protects child molesters & hates powerful women then go to Rome. Now that she’s been confirmed I wish her well…and promise to work some magick for her.