Comments: Synod Questions about Civil Partnerships -2

William Fittall may say that married potential bishops are treated the same as potential bishops in civil partnerships (ie non-discriminatory) but the way GS Misc 1044 is framed says something different.

It defines the purpose of the investigations to be concerned with unity and threat to traditional views:

"whether... being in either of the categories referred to in the preceding paragraph would be an obstacle to effective episcopal ministry, as a focus of unity"

which implies the very fact that someone is in a gay relationship might itself be a threat to unity, and hence a reason for discriminating compared to other candidates... the discrimination being

"justifiable with reference to the strongly held religious convictions of a significant number" in the see

This wording seems to mandate discrimination against a gay candidate because a section of the see are hostile to gay sexuality. The section of GS Misc 1044 which Giles cites, has nothing to do with the same treatment for heterosexual married priests. It has to do with different treatment for gay priests because they are gay.

The Law may technically allow that but the Church should be ashamed. It is discriminatory.

Posted by Susannah Clark at Sunday, 7 July 2013 at 1:33am BST

It is remarkable how "strongly held religious convictions" are held to be beyond challenge when they relate to gender or sexual orientation. No other aspect of a bishop's life or values matters apparently. If only the CoE could raise its collective vision above the crotch.

Posted by Helen at Wednesday, 10 July 2013 at 10:42am BST

>It is remarkable how "strongly held religious convictions" are held to be beyond challenge when they relate to gender or sexual orientation

So let's ban diversity in the name of diversity.

Hmmm. (Yet another) descending spiral anyone?

Posted by Fred at Saturday, 13 July 2013 at 9:51am BST
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