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Anglican Priests Reconcile 20 Years After 'Outing' Shook the Church

Terence Finlay and James Ferry are reconciling after a landmark 'outing' incident that shook the Anglican church two decades ago, the Toronto Star reports:

Finlay_ferryTwenty years ago, Finlay was Anglican Archbishop of the Diocese of Toronto. Ferry was a priest at St. Philip’s Church in Unionville.

Ferry is gay. In 1988, he’d met Ahmad, a refugee from Lebanon. “It was love at first sight,” Ferry has said. “I did not believe in love at first sight. But when it happens, well, it happens.”

The two men became involved in a committed relationship. This became known in the parish. When it became apparent that some in the community were aghast at what resided in their clergyman’s heart, Ferry went to see Archbishop Finlay.

That was a mistake, it turned out:

When Ferry informed Finlay of his circumstances, Finlay ordered him to end the relationship. Ferry refused. (The church accepted homosexual clergy, but only if they abstained from giving expression to that fact. In effect, if they lived a lie.)

Finlay then issued a letter to be read at all Anglican parishes, outing Ferry and “inhibiting” him from performing pastoral duties. Effectively, the priest was fired, becoming, he said, “an outcast . . . and a ‘labelled’ outcast.”

Finlay and Ferry are participating in a public service of reconciliation on Sunday, the paper adds, and Finlay says he has evolved:

“I’ve moved in different directions,” he told the Star. “And I have been very supportive of the gay and lesbian community, and also the whole question of gay marriage.”

Toronto priests reconcile 20 years after gay ‘outing’ [toronto star]

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  1. Isn't it just fine and dandy to learn tolerance, become more mature, move with the flow of history, recognise the error of one's ways.............

    But looking behind at the trail of destruction, the broken lives and careers and the once loving relationships all left shattered, I just can't find in my heart all the forgiveness that I feel I should have.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 12, 2012 12:46:52 PM

  2. Then again the "reconciliation" is not up to me !

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 12, 2012 1:28:24 PM

  3. Did Mr. Ferry (or is he still a Priest?-unclear on the title of respect involved here) continue in his relationship with his partner? While I appreciate the current reconciliation I wonder what he did to survive after effectively being fired from his profession as a Priest.

    Posted by: ty nolan | Mar 12, 2012 2:20:05 PM

  4. I wonder if it was Finley's child or grandchild who came out and changed his mind.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Mar 12, 2012 2:43:34 PM

  5. @jackfkntwist: Agreed. It's wonderful that people have come along, but this doesn't undo the damage that was done before they "evolved".

    Posted by: mike128 | Mar 12, 2012 11:28:51 PM

  6. great website

    Posted by: John Joseph Mastandrea | Mar 18, 2012 9:15:19 AM

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