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Anglican Head Rowan Williams: Bring On The Sexually Inactive Gay Bishops

Archbishop Rowan Williams, the Anglican Communion leader who’s previously sought a compromise between acceptance of gay clergy and conservative Anglicans who want them pushed out, seems to have found his middle ground: He’s got no problem with clergy who are attracted to the same-sex, so long as they never act on it.

Historical standards require bishops to be celibate, regardless of their sexuality, Williams told the London Times.

Archbishop Williams went to great lengths to explain why he stands with conservatives against gay clergy when it comes to doctrine. He said he had to decide against endorsing gay relationships for clergy and bishops because “the cost to the Church overall was too great to be borne at that point“. The Archbishop said that since his appointment eight years ago he knew the gay issue as “a wound in the whole ministry“. “To put it very simply, there’s no problem about a gay person who’s a bishop. It’s about the fact that there are traditionally, historically, standards that the clergy are expected to observe,” Archbishop Williams said.

In Britain, the Telegraph was quick to call the interview “disastrous.”

Does he still think it’s OK for gay couples to have sex, as he wrote years ago? “That’s what I wrote as a theologian, you know, putting forward a suggestion. That’s not the job I have now,” he tells Dougary.

No gay bishops, then? Actually, gay bishops are OK, as long as they don’t have sex. (The same prohibition doesn’t apply to lay people, for reasons lost in the mist of time.)

So it’s appropriate for the celibate Jeffrey John to be a bishop? Here Rowan really squirms, saying he “let down” John by blocking him as Bishop of Reading. But we don’t discover why, this year, the still-celibate Dean John unexpectedly disappeared from the candidates’ list for Southwark.

But does the Archbishop hope that one day gay bishops can have partners? “Pass”.

Naturally his conservative opponents, who are busy driving wedges inside the Anglican Communion and forming splinter groups, aren’t so thrilled with his comments. But he’s also letting down the gay liberals, like the always outspoken Peter Tatchell: “Yet again, Rowan is sitting on the fence regarding gay clergy … I don’t know how Rowan sleeps at night.” Not with a man, I know that much!

By:          Max Simon
On:           Sep 25, 2010
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    • Ogre Magi

      Typical christian!

      Sep 25, 2010 at 10:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • uu

      Why do people listen at all to that withering child? He’s making up fairy-tale rules for his fairy-tale club. Don’t you see?

      Sep 26, 2010 at 3:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Skeptical Cicada

      What a moral coward! Why does anyone even report the noise that comes out of his hole?

      Sep 26, 2010 at 7:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alan brickman

      he is so creepy….

      Sep 26, 2010 at 10:38 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Gregger

      Asinine attitudes from bigots and cowards like Williams are why I left the Anglican Communion. Now, I’m to the point I subscribe to no organized religion.

      Sep 26, 2010 at 10:39 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

      Same tired old song the catholic church has been humming for decades………..”It’s ok to have a Gay priest as long as he is celibate”. Bullshit, the vatican lunatics have still been attempting to purge anything rainbow hued from the church for decades………

      Sorry padres if ya take the “sex” outta “homosexual” it just a’int the same thing………

      Sep 26, 2010 at 11:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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