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Church Times: the Virginia reports

Last week, I linked to the main news story by Paul Handley Virginia tells secessionists: see you in court.

The other reports are now available to non-subscribers:
The inhibited priest
Talk to our attorneys
The Bishop interviewed
Television
The priest who is staying
The faithful remnant

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Prior Aelred
13 years ago

Thank you for that excellent interview with Bishop Lee. It increased my respect for him tremendously. He has certainly gone the extra mile. Best wishes for his successor.

Curtis
Curtis
13 years ago

Did you read that statement in the faithful remnant piece? “They don’t have the bickering element anymore.” Wouldn’t THAT be great?

Fr Joseph O'Leary
13 years ago

“As a result, he believes strongly that the argument is about homosexuality, pure and simple. Nothing else has the power to inflame passions to such a degree. And, besides, the writers of the letters tell him so. He equates faithful homosexual partnerships with the marriage of a divorced person: “It’s not the ideal, but sometimes it’s as close as you can come to the ideal.・Despite the hatred, he detects a growing acceptance of gay and lesbian people in the US.” Where does this homophobic passion come from? It may have deep evolutionary roots, if it is true that Konrad Lorenz… Read more »

Göran Koch-Swahne
13 years ago

It’s not “Judeo-Christian”, it’s Neo Platonist.

The Problem of Evil from Alexandria.

James Crocker
James Crocker
13 years ago

That’s true, we all know how opposed to any form of homosexuality that the Platonists and their later followers were.

As well as the indisputable fact that neo-platonism began 3000 years ago.

You may have noticed that I was attempting to be a wee bit ironic there.

Fr Joseph O'Leary
13 years ago

Neoplatonism was ardently gay, surely — beginning with the earliest Neoplatonist text, Plotinus’s “On Beauty”. Plato was for a long time the preservative of Christianity from the extremes of homophobia (even playing that role in some writings of Benedict XVI, who wrote in 2002: “Plato contemplates the encounter with beauty as the salutary emotional shock that makes man leave his shell and sparks his “enthusiasm” by attracting him to what is other than himself. Man, says Plato, has lost the original perfection that was conceived for him. He is now perennially searching for the healing primitive form. Nostalgia and longing… Read more »

Göran Koch-Swahne
13 years ago

There is an identical anti-Cosmic claim that Buddhism be the “neutral” middle-ground between Hunduism and Jainism… So you will need to take that one further out in the country. Amongst all other horrible things, Neo Platonism brought the Gnosticist superstitions about “Sperm” over into the (pretended Christian) Byzantine and later Carolingian State Academia, and thence into the Theology of the Church. She did her best to resist well into the 14th century. Whether persons involved in this were “gay” or not is entirely un-relevant – here as always – authoritarian movements always “mean different things to different people”, which is… Read more »

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