Comments: Homophobia in the Church of England

On the CA Facebook page. I asked why anonymity for the congregation and the couple was required. Was it, I asked, to avoid reprisals? i didn't expect to be told that there had already been reprisals.

Posted by Richard Ashby at Thursday, 19 December 2013 at 6:42pm GMT

I would be most reluctant to term the statement from Dromantine, or any other statement of the Primates (or Lambeth) as "the Anglican Communion's authoritative teaching." The authoritative teaching of the Anglican Communion is summed up in the traditional creeds, and perhaps the Articles of Religion where those have been received as such; and in the actions and teaching of each of the particular or national churches that make it up; the rest is policy.

Posted by Tobias Stanislas Haller at Thursday, 19 December 2013 at 9:49pm GMT

Anglican Mainstream is a complete misnomer, it would be better described as Anglican trickle because its views are those of a small (although extremely noisy) minority in the Church. Its publications are indisputably and consistently homophobic and as minority views deeply offensive to the majority.

I understand that even the HTB congregations are now steering clear of the gay sex debate as they fear that they will alienate many of their younger members for whom homosexuality is no longer an issue.

Posted by Concerned Anglican at Thursday, 19 December 2013 at 10:40pm GMT

We gay Christians have always been so very fortunate in our enemies. They've done so much for the cause of our freedom and dignity simply by being themselves.
That's true even here in the much more church-going USA.

Posted by FD Blanchard at Friday, 20 December 2013 at 12:03am GMT

I didn't know Anglican Mainstream wasn't supposed to be homophobic.

It reads like the Westboro Baptist Church website but with less swearing.

Posted by CRW at Friday, 20 December 2013 at 8:46am GMT

Yes, I agree with Tobias, although I would say that this Communique comes from a time when there was a bold attempt by the Primates Group to establish itself as the preeminent manager of Communion Affairs. Their Communiques, along with Lambeth resolutions were treated as law by other Communion Instruments.
This came to a crashing halt at Dar es Salaam when American conservative advisors wrested the agenda from Communion Office functionaries, just as had happened at Lambeth 1998 over resolution 1.10. This has seen the collapse of authority in these Instruments.

Still, statements of the Primates or Canterbury and resolutions of Lambeth or ACC while not being able to claim the sort of authority fantasised here by Changing Attitude Sussex, do make in part the dispersed authority we Anglicans enjoy quoting when it suits our needs.

They are authoritative sources rather than sources of authority.

Posted by Martin Reynolds at Friday, 20 December 2013 at 6:14pm GMT

Well put, Martin.

Posted by Tobias Haller at Friday, 20 December 2013 at 8:58pm GMT
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