Opinion

Episcopalians cave to political correctness

Last Sunday, an event occurred in the New Hampshire diocese of the Episcopal Church of the United States that could split apart the 70 million-member Anglican Communion or advance opening the door to homosexual pastors and blessings of same sex unions.

The event was the consecration of the first gay bishop in the Anglican Communion — the Rev. V. Gene Robinson.

The Anglican Communion could have banned the consecration, at which point the New Hampshire diocese would have had to decide whether or not to proceed anyway, but no such ban was ordered at a meeting of Anglican leaders in London two weeks ago.

They condemned it, but simply expressed “deep regret” over it, warning of the chaos it could generate among member churches that believe the Bible’s teaching that homosexuality is a sin.

Robinson could have given up either his election as bishop or his live-in partner. The church does not disallow gay pastors if they are celibate. For years, however, he has been a non-celibate priest and has not chosen to be otherwise. Even the uproar occasioned by his election as bishop evoked no offering on his part to give up the lover for whom he gave up his wife and daughters.

The London gathering called on the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Anglicans’ spiritual head, to establish a commission to address the issue and report back to them within a year. Since the move for acceptance of active homosexual clergy is prevalent at the top of the church hierarchy, rather than the congregations, Archbishop Rowan Williams’ commission will probably be like that established by the Lutherans for a similar purpose — heavily weighted with a pro-gay membership.

I have received numerous letters about this, mostly from Lutherans, since I had been writing about what was going on in my own church, but I’m hearing from Episcopalians now, who are equally concerned about the direction in which we are being led.

Dean W. Kiess, of Silverdale, offers the following to the discussion.

“I am an Episcopalian who believes, as you do, that ordaining homosexuals as pastors and blessing same sex unions is wrong because Scripture says it is wrong.

“ ... who is a member of a parish whose members believe it is wrong.

“ ... who takes spiritual counsel from a rector, Father Duncan Clark, and a spiritual adviser, retired priest Father Jack Tench, that one must take a stand between right and politically correct.

“ ... who attends church to worship God rather than to make a statement about how I interpret how God thinks. Incidentally, I am not a cradle Episcopalian. I joined this church as an adult after looking at lots of other Christian denominations.

“My message, Adele, is that because the Episcopal Church of North America, a partner of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, caved in to the homosexual agenda, it does not mean that many of its members, many of its dioceses and most of the primates (church leaders) of the worldwide Anglican community are in agreement.

“Last month, for the first time ever in the history of the Anglican Church, the Archbishop of Canterbury called an emergency meeting of all Anglican primates to discuss what is to be done about the Episcopal church of North America that has ordained a practicing homosexual and has voted to bless same-sex marriages. (Lutheran prayers are gladly accepted for the outcome.)

“I hope that you Lutherans take a shorter road than we Episcopalians have (in deciding the issue). We have been distracted for more than a decade by the gay agenda. There are so many more important things we should be doing with our time and resources. I don’t know where my parish or rector will end up in the world of church politics, but I do know that we must stand up for what we believe.”

Amen to that.

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