Surely they can get Gerry Lynch on there somehow? No LGBT member would make its deliberations all but useless - as I can imagine that there would be a lot of talk about wanting to provide "pastoral care", but no real insight about what it is like to be an LGBT member of that church.
"Or could we imagine the State establishing a commission on gender equality with an all-male membership?"
The State? Probably not. The Church? Yes, actually I can (but that's no excuse!).
[Abp Jackson: "This cannot continue to be a game of: cat and cat." Translation, please?]
Maybe the Church of Ireland has the same problem as the Church of England. No clerical person wants to confess to being LGBT in nature - for fear of possible dismissal. We all know that endemic fear of discrimination has be-fouled the conversations of the Church for a long time now - on issues of gender and sexuality - especially since TEC was brave enough to exit the cult of hypocrisy that so crippled the Church's outreach to the sexually-different. We need to grow up.
I believe the Church in Wales position is even worse.
Not only is there not a single openly gay member of the Commission advising the bishops on gay things here, but they have appointed a cleric who sits on the board of Anglican Mainstream!
I wrote saying it was akin to putting governor George Wallace on an all white committee considering racial integration. Somehow these inteligent men just don't see it ...........
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