Comments: Canadian General Synod - Saturday

"Most of the world's Anglicans are theological conservatives who believe gay relationships violate scripture. More liberal Anglicans emphasize social justice teachings in the Bible, leading them to support full acceptance of same-sex couples."

- Charmaine Noronha - Assoc. Press -

While what Charmaine says in the first sentence of this paragraph of her report could be true, one needs to examine where most of these conservative Anglicans are situated - in the Global South Provinces - where their Church hierarchies have openly voiced their homophobic opinions, largely based on out-dated Victorian theological under-standing of sexuality.

In the Churches of the West, where there is a progressive understanding of the inclusivity in the New Testament of ALL people - regardless of gender, race, social situation or sexuality - the Church is rightly concerned to bring the freedom of the Gospel into every life - regardless of the former ethos of particularity.

It has been discovered that 'holiness belongs to God'. We mere human beings can never emulate the holiness of Jesus. We are redeemed - despite our unworthiness. Deo Gratias!

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Sunday, 6 June 2010 at 11:54pm BST
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