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Path Set For Openly Gay Bishops In The Church Of England

The Church of England is expected to confirm tomorrow that openly gay bishops will be allowed in the church as long as they are celibate. The BBC reports:

Coe Legal advice is due to be published as early as Monday saying homosexual clergy in civil partnerships can become bishops. The move is in response to the Equality Act, which protects from discrimination on the grounds of sexuality.

But it risks deepening divisions over gay clergy, which threaten to split the Anglican Communion worldwide. The legal advice is due to go to the General Synod next month.

Some liberals could be wary of any move which shows a difference in approach between homosexual and heterosexual people, while conservatives wish to avoid anything which is at odds with church teaching.

Canon Chris Sugden - a key critic of openly gay clergy - said if bishops were "faithful to the teaching of the Church" it was "unexceptionable".

Read the entire Equaity Act on the official Church of England website.

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  1. Being celibate and being in a civil partnership are not the same thing, unless the civil partnership is not going well.

    Posted by: Fahd | Jun 19, 2011 2:54:52 PM

  2. Why the hell do something that pleases no one? Either make hetero bishops practice celibacy, or treat all bishops the same.

    Oh, and when is the UK going to stop this "civil partnership" nonsense and move on to full marriage equality?

    Posted by: K in VA | Jun 19, 2011 3:01:10 PM

  3. Life is change, and once any religion claims to have a grip on The Immutable, it inevitably becomes anti-life.

    So let's be happy. The inability of cults to adapt to progress guarantees their ultimate demise, and the death of ignorance and superstition is a wonderful thing.

    Posted by: Bryan | Jun 19, 2011 3:06:53 PM

  4. Much ado about nothing.

    Posted by: Lileasy | Jun 19, 2011 3:15:36 PM

  5. Can anyone tell me how far along Islam has come with their gay leaders? I mean, the Christians aren't setting me on fire, hanging me, or chopping off my head for being gay.

    Posted by: Alan | Jun 19, 2011 3:23:16 PM

  6. The C of E is a pretty irrelevant institution one way or the other. And this is a HIGHLY unpopular move within the church itself. The end result will be further marginalization within the religious community, and 'progressive' true believers will still mock them.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 19, 2011 5:06:31 PM

  7. Gee, you can be an openly gay bishop in a civil partnership, as long as you hate your spouse enough to have separate bedrooms. That's going to attract a healthy bunch! Do the voyeuristic bishops get to hide under the beds to make sure no evil hanky-panky is going on?

    Posted by: Ernie | Jun 19, 2011 5:32:03 PM

  8. Deny your humanity (the same humanity your heterosexual peers revel in) and you can be a bishop. Thank you,

    Posted by: Keppler | Jun 19, 2011 6:41:48 PM

  9. "if bishops were 'faithful to the teaching of the Church' it was 'unexceptionable'"

    Indeed! Such bishops and priests have been a part the Church (Roman Catholic, Anglican, and probably many other branches) for centuries!

    Posted by: RedCedar | Jun 19, 2011 7:46:37 PM

  10. "As long as they are celibate."

    Hello, boys and girls! Can we say it together:

    "Piss off, Jesus worshipers!"

    Now why did I say that? Let's see. Maybe it's because the Church of England (unlike the Episcopalian Church in the U.S.) insists that its gay clergy is celibate while it's fine if its straight clergy is married. Sound like a homophobic double standard? It should. One more time with feeling:

    "Piss off, Jesus worshipers!"

    Posted by: Phil | Jun 19, 2011 8:53:04 PM

  11. Just in case you didn't get the implied point:

    No one ever got anywhere by being a doormat.

    Posted by: Phil | Jun 19, 2011 8:56:30 PM

  12. Thank you BRYAN, perfect.

    Posted by: David R. | Jun 20, 2011 1:45:09 AM

  13. “Penis Envy”

    You have Kobe Bryant shouting out the word Faggot...then again with the jets guy and David Tyree speaking out against Gay Marriage...and of course you have Tracey Morgan being downright hateful against gays and there are no ramifications. Even the sight of Weiner's Weiner has brought down a Congressman. Are people that afraid of Gays in this day and age? Well Marc Freden, too, has been given pause with the issue. As a gay man, even he feels the need to apologize for the blatent use of the word "Faggot" in his new book "REALLY!?!" Now Freden using the "F" word should get a tacit pass...much like black people using the "N" word to describe themselves. His harmless use of the word...(And you must read the book to understand) has lead him to a video mea culpa on YouTube "Marc Freden Must Applogize to the Gay Community". Furthermore, Freden has pledged that if Kobe Bryant can be fined $50,000 then he too should pay a price. A percentage of every book sold as a result of his apology will go to the Trevor Project--a gay hotline for distressed teens looking for a voice of calm and understanding. It is the least he can do. Who will join Freden in this cause?

    Posted by: Marc Freden | Jun 20, 2011 3:14:08 AM

  14. Why would a gay person choose to be a bishop in a church where he must be celibate? Look how well the celibacy thing works for the Catholics!
    Either go to a different church, or better still, realize that organized religion is, to put it mildly, completely bogus.

    Posted by: John | Jun 20, 2011 8:17:39 AM

  15. Gross. The C of E under Rowan Williams has been a real disappointment. Attendance at cathedral services in the UK has been up for some reason, though. I truly believe that the Church of England will sort of back into the 21st century, rather than walking forward. Unfortunately they'll probably have to pass this first, and then dispense with the celibacy requirement a few years (decades?) down the road, when they finally aren't afraid to admit that sexual expression within committed same sex relationships aka marriage is not in any way sinful.

    Posted by: Clint | Jun 20, 2011 2:22:42 PM

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