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Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Two-track church

The Archwizard of Cant reckons there’ll have to be a two-track church now that homosexuality is something that’s here to stay. Well, he doesn’t say here to stay, but there’s resignation in his tone: we’re not going to get rid of gays in the church, so we might as well make the best of a bad job.

Rowan Williams has issued a lengthy response to decision of the he Episcopal Church in the USA to open its ordination process to all individuals, including gay people.

He’s acknowledged the possibility that the global body will have to adopt a “two-track” model in which there would be “two styles of being Anglican”.

He writes:

It helps to be clear about these possible futures, however much we think them less than ideal, and to speak about them not in apocalyptic terms of schism and excommunication but plainly as what they are – two styles of being Anglican, whose mutual relation will certainly need working out but which would not exclude co-operation in mission and service of the kind now shared in the Communion.

In other words, gays exist, and we’re going to have to learn to rub along together; the 77 million-member body will have to try to work together while holding different theological convictions over such issues as homosexuality.

Big of him. But you’re not going to please the real nasty buggers such as the Bishop of Rochester, Michael Nazir-Ali, who’s the leading light in a rabidly gay-detesting breakaway group called the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans.

I can’t imagine that those bigoted bastards will just learn to rub along, somehow.


Anonymous said...

Sounds suspiciously as though he is suggesting a form of religious apartheid within his church to accommodate those who won't get along with the others there.

Of course, Atheists can't have any sympathy with any religionists and their self-inflicted problems to start with - it is all just too ridiculous for words - and Gays, in particular, should have no truck with churches at all.

journeyman said...

This is a bit alarming... I read the report on Yahoo.

Seems very similar to what we see in:

2Ti 4:3 - For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but {wanting} to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,

2Ti 4:4 - and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.

God loves everyone... but He despises all sin. Can't preach that homosexuality is OK because sin is sin!

There is no other way to say it.

Stuart Hartill said...

Doesn't it all sound like a bad marriage of conveniencce between venal money-grabbers, both parties claiming to stay together for the sake of the kids, but actually because both want to keep the house?
I almost hear "ask Uncle Rowan to pass the salt" or "be a dear and fetch me another bread roll, Aunty Sue just touched mine so it has germs on it".
Why should we respect such stupidity?
They forget it is only THEIR lives centred on a ghost they had to make up, so for anyone else it isn't an important discussion over 'deep' and 'meaningful' things, just grown adults reduced to name calling and tongue poking over who gets to be 'it' in a ridiculous nursery game where one of the playmates isn't even real.