on Friday, 8 February 2008 at 8.27 am by Simon Sarmiento
categorised as Church of England
The Church Times reports the story: Bishop Jones apologises for Reading-affair open letter.
The Guardian has a profile: Whether you think he’s gone too far or not far enough, he has made an honest, brave and thoughtful contribution by Riazat Butt.
There’s a major typo in the Guardian profile, in that Dr Homfray’s name is incorrectly spelled throughout the article.
No doubt this will merit a correction tomorrow.
Good that he has said what he has. Does anyone have the text of the American apology issued in response to whatever gathering it was, I’ve lost track, that demanded their apology for having “torn the fabric of the Communion”. As I remember, it was basically the same kind of thing: “Not saying our position is wrong, but sorry that we expressed it/acted on it the way we did. It hurt people.” “For Nigerians, its acceptance would allow Islamic critics “to portray the Church as compromised, weak, and in moral decline. These are serious missiological issues which need to be… Read more »
Indeed, Simon – and I don’t work for John Moores University. But the Guardian have assured me that it will be corrected tomorrow.
Still the Grauniad.
Sorry — I hope I’m very wrong, but I am still not seeing anywhere that the Bishop actually apologized to the Dean.
My thoughts here:
I think the good Prior is right to ask where is this apology to Jeffrey John as well as to gay persons generally. These folks unleashed demons of which it is not clear at this point can be contained.
I blame Rowan for the errors – I have done a lot of typing in the last 24 hours. And without adding insult to injury, Mike Homfram must know that the grauniad is not the grauniad for nothing.
I see Mike is now both Homfray and Horfram in the Grauniad article.
Someone send them a tutorial on how to use find + replace.
For those who missed it, I made a few observations on this latest Jones/Jeffrey story here: http://www.exgaywatch.com/wp/2008/02/bishop-signals-hope-for-same-sex-relationships-a-way-forward-for-ex-gays/
I read James Jones’ article online so the text may not be the same as the printed version. But he seems to be trying to distance himself from his hardline evangelical fellowtravelers without actually apologizing to Jeffrey John or say that it’s OK to be gay. Maybe he wants to be able to spin it both ways to each side. It’s clearly an attempt to rebrand himself. It will be interesting to see if the hardliners on Wycliffe Hall council will be prepared to continue with him as their Chairman.
I think that the Bishop of Liverpool, having previously apologised to the Archbishop of Canterbury, should now thank him from the bottom of his heart. ++Cantuar’s address on Sharia Law and English Law has so completely overshadowed the James Jones half apology that he may well get off without too much pain.