Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Gay Anglican Priests Going Against Church Directive

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According to an article on 365gay.com, gay priests in the Church of England are going against Church orders requiring them to give an "assurance of celibacy" if they enter into the United Kingdom's new domestic-partner registry. The Church recently issued a directive allowing gay priests to enter into civil unions but requiring them to remain celibate and give an assurance to celibacy to their bishops. Many gay priests have already come out in opposition to the directive saying that they would "defy their bishops and refuse to give guarantees they would abstain from sex in their relationships." The Church directive also forbids the blessings of same-sex civil unions by priests. "Already some two dozen clergy have signed a petition denouncing the instruction and promise to offer formal blessings to couples who have entered into civil partnerships," the article says. But gay priests are not the only ones upset. Anti-gay, Conservative Anglicans around the world are also upset. According to the article, "Archbishop Peter Akinola, the most powerful Anglican leader outside of Britain, is calling for the Church of England to be suspended from the denomination over the issue of civil partnerships." ====== I can only hope and pray that Our Lord Jesus Christ will guide the Church through this most upsetting time and circumstance. May God grant us peace and reconciliation and keep the Church united and free from schism.
A Prayer for Reconciliation Gracious God, ruling the earth and its people not by terror but in love; we worship you. We confess that too often our words hurt others and our deeds our selfish; forgive us. In this time of uncertainty and fear, help us to love our enemies and do good to those who hate us, in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN.