Comments: Changing Attitude England writes to the College of Bishops

The ridiculously-named Anglican "Mainstream" dismisses “despair and depression among LGBTI clergy” by comparing it with the hurt endured by conservatives who have had women bishops foisted upon them. Being against female clergy hardly strikes at the core of one's being. I hardly think people have become suicidal because their vicar is a woman. It is typical of the hatred spawned by Anglican "Mainstream" that causes despair and depression amongst LGBTI clergy. They should be ashamed of themselves for the distress they cause.

Posted by FrDavidH at Monday, 8 September 2014 at 6:26pm BST

A good statement and well said Colin.The best of luck Jean

Posted by Jean Mayland (Revd) at Monday, 8 September 2014 at 8:20pm BST

What about the fact they are in full communion with Anglican provinces, ( TEC and Canada) four Porvoo Churches and three Old Catholic Churches which either marry or bless gay unions?

Posted by Robert ian williams at Tuesday, 9 September 2014 at 6:25am BST

An interesting comment from Anglican mainstream on this...

"One area of concern which we share with Changing Attitude, is the apparent lack of clarity and consistency shown by Bishops in the varied responses to clergy who have entered into same sex marriage. It is to be hoped that the clear statement by the Bishops of February 15th, strongly reiterating that clergy should not enter into sexually active same gender relationships, would be backed up by appropriate disciplinary measures where necessary, consistently applied across the Church of England."

Pity they didn't add the divorce anomaly.

Posted by robert ian williams at Tuesday, 9 September 2014 at 6:59am BST

At times like these it is useful for a group such as the College of Bishops to bear in mind symptoms of groupthink.

Here's one list of symptoms, arranged by three types.

Type I: Overestimations of the group — its power and morality

1. Illusions of invulnerability creating excessive optimism and encouraging risk taking.

2. Unquestioned belief in the morality of the group, causing members to ignore the consequences of their actions.

Type II: Closed-mindedness

3. Rationalizing warnings that might challenge the group's assumptions.

4. Stereotyping those who are opposed to the group as weak, evil, biased, spiteful, impotent, or stupid.

Type III: Pressures toward uniformity

5. Self-censorship of ideas that deviate from the apparent group consensus.

6. Illusions of unanimity among group members, silence is viewed as agreement.

7. Direct pressure to conform placed on any member who questions the group, couched in terms of "disloyalty"

8. Mindguards—self-appointed members who shield the group from dissenting information.

Any college of bishops might be especially prone to exhibit symptoms 1, 2, 6, and 7.

Posted by Jeremy at Thursday, 11 September 2014 at 3:38pm BST
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