At their meeting this week-end in Winnipeg, the Anglican church of Canada first voted that blessing gay marriages did not contradict the church’s core beliefs, then turned around and, by a narrow margin, voted against blessing gay marriages.
What in the world is going on here? For 10 years the church has been debating this subject in the context of its view of homosexuality. Now with this rejection of same sex blessings, many gay people and their supporters are preparing to leave the church.
How did homosexuality become such a deal breaker? Are Anglican bishops in Canada knuckling under to their benighted counterparts in Africa who view homosexuality as a grave sin? Grave enough to break up a church that has existed for 500 years.
If homosexuality is that serious wouldn’t you think that Jesus would have mentioned it in his public ministry? Wouldn’t he have condemned it the way he condemned adultery? In fact, so far as I am aware he never once mentioned homosexuality. Certainly he never condemned it.
Furthermore the view of some Anglican bishops (and the church of Rome) that a loving God created upwards of five per cent of the human race as intrinsically perverted is absurd. If Jesus was to return to earth today would he exclude even active homosexuals from a church blessing? Hardly. Jesus’ whole ministry was inclusive, not exclusive. Isn’t it high time Anglican bishops recognized this and gave up their tub-thumping on sin to please the bishops in Nigeria?