Bishop Gene Robinson

‘I think gay clergy in the Church of England are thought of as a problem to be solved or at least lived with, rather than a gift from God. … I can’t imagine anything that would be more abhorrent to Jesus than a two-tier church’

SOUNDBITES — “I think gay clergy in the Church of England are thought of as a problem to be solved or at least lived with, rather than a gift from God. … I can’t imagine anything that would be more abhorrent to Jesus than a two-tier church. Either we are children of God and brothers and sisters in Christ, or we aren’t. There are not preferred children and second-class children. There are just children of God. … The [Episcopalian] church did not get involved in the civil rights movement in the United States for quite a long time, because of fear of offending those who disagreed with them. But at some point we decided that it was more important to do the just and right thing than it was to not offend those who disagreed. And so we joined in the civil rights movement for people of colour, and then tried to deal as pastorally as we could with those who disagreed. And I think that’s the tension we face in the communion, of which Archbishop Williams would represent the long view, the gradual view, and the American church would represent, as best we can discern it, trying to do the right and just thing.” —Gay Episcopalian bishop V. Gene Robinson, making a pointed observation as he joins the Catholic Church of England at the Greenbelt festival this weekend. Oh they’re just going to love him. [Guardian]