Comments: General Synod - business done Monday

From a brief period of listening to the Archbishop of York's treatment of questions asked before the sessions of G.S. on Monday, it would seem that His Grace is not entirely convinced that the LGBT question ought to be given serious consideration by the Synod. This, of course, is quite compatible with his speech in the house of Lords on the issue of the Churches' ability to discriminate against the employment of such people in ministry. His Grace's view would seem to be comfortably shared by the ACNA shadow church

When asked whether there was a clear difference between the attitude of the Church of England to the employment of clergy - as opposed to the employment of other people - he seemed to say that the attitude of the Church of England was based on previously agreed parameters (e.g. Lambeth 1:10 of 1998) which still obtained. This means that the Church will still expect lay employees to be subject to the 1:10 scrutinies.

I hope the passage of the Anti-Discrimination Blll disabuses the Honourable Prelate of his desire to continue his attitude of discrimination within the Church of England.

So much for the C.of E.'s official stance on the acceptance of the LGBT community within its ranks. BUT, maybe the Synod discussion process will help to clear the air on the position of the more liberal advocates of change. Let's hope so!

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Tuesday, 9 February 2010 at 4:45am GMT
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