Brilliant. This man should be a Bishop
Also jolly good. So good that even British liberals are at last opening their mouths and speaking truths.
I hope some of the primates reflect on Giles Goddard's thoughtful sermon.
And even if it turns out that he was not murdered because he was gay, the behavior of the Anglican Church's representative at his funeral and the refusal to bury him were acts of violence against the living and the dead.
People die, apparently hatred of them doesn't.
That is the saddest news I have heard in a long time. What has happened to a brave witness who suffered murder is appalling. What has happened to his body now. How can any church - whatever its beliefs about sin are, accept this kind of behaviour from its official representatives and fellow Christians. Thank God for GHiles Goddard and all who speak out about such appalling news. And what, pray, are the Primates doing about it? 'Turning the other cheek' OK, Our Lord, said, but I think He'd have cradled the dead man's coffin and buried it with his own hands. Una. (Still trying to witness in a cruel context.)
Alas, the C of E is in a worse position on the day of judgement* than Uganda and the most openly anti-gay Churches, because to whom (so) much is given, much will be required.
The bishops and liberal establishment of the C of E have failed us terribly, over many decades.
Michael it was an anti-gay hate-fuelled murder.
Canon Giles' sermon was a pretty good representation of the values of jesus Christ in the gospel. It's a timely reminder of the awesome responsibility of the Christian Churches to bring 'sight to the blind, to raise up the fallen and to tell the Good News of God's Love for ALL God's chidren - without discrimination.
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