Tatchell Blasts ‘Inconsistent’ Williams Over Gay Bishop Comment

Rowan-williams-3-1 Outspoken gay activist Peter Tatchell has come out swinging against Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams' recent remarks about gay bishops.

Williams, the spiritual leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion, claimed to believe "there's no problem about a gay person who's a bishop," as long as the bishop in question remains celibate.

"It's about the fact that there are traditionally, historically, standards that the clergy are expected to observe," Williams said this weekend. "So there's always a question about the personal life of the clergy." Celibacy is not a requirement for straight clergymen and women.

Tatchell isn't buying Williams' face-saving publicity, and blasted the Archbishop yesterday, saying, "Rowan Williams is inconsistent," he said. "Although he says he is willing to accept a gay celibate bishop, he blocked the appointment of the celibate gay cleric, Jeffrey John, as Bishop of Reading."

In addition to blocking that ascension, Williams imposed sanctions on an American Episcopal Church for ordaining a lesbian, Mary Douglas Glasspool, as an assistant bishop.

Tatchel went on to accuse Williams of simply playing politics with the Church: "In his calculation, church unity is more important than the human rights of lesbian and gay people," Tatchell railed. "An Archbishop is supposed to be a moral leader. On gay human rights, Rowan is a follower. He's an appeaser of homophobes. He'd never make similar compromises over racism within the church. Why the double standards?"


  1. Gary says

    Rowan Williams is XXXXXXXXX sort of leader. Thereby he sees celibacy as a small sacrifice. I have a sentimental attachment to the Episcopal church, but this sort of thing along with the christianistas, 9-11, and the never-ending religious conflicts make me proud to be an atheist.

    XXXThis comment was edited for language that some find offensive. Thanks for working to express your point clearly without swear words.XXXXXX

  2. wimsy says

    Gay bishops need be celibate, but straight bishops need not?This is in the best traditions of the 19th Century British Empire, where WOGS (worthy Oriental gentlemen) were tolerated so long as they bowed and scraped to whatever Brit passed by. Rowan Williams is a cowardly embarrassment to the Anglican Church. The Queen should remove him from office.