Thursday, January 10, 2013

What does this mean?

London, England, Jan 4, 2013 / 06:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church of England has decided to permit gay male clergy in civil partnerships to become bishops, provided that they promise to be celibate.

Frankly I am not sure whether this means celebate in the sense of not marrying or celebate in the sense of not having sex?

“The House (of Bishops) believed it would be unjust to exclude from consideration for the episcopate anyone seeking to live fully in conformity with the Church’s teaching on sexual ethics or other areas of personal life and discipline,” Graham James, Anglican bishop of Norwich, stated Jan. 4. 

Lord knows, it is better to be just before the world than to be faithful to Scripture and Tradition before God!  And, after all, they are trying.

Civil partnerships were introduced in the United Kingdom in 2005, at which time those in civil partnerships were allowed to become priests of the Church of England so long as they promised celibacy.

So the bishops would be in the same boat as priests -- a goodnight kiss is okay but nothing else???

This is just too easy! 

BTW the English punch line above is:  Super, now that celibacy is going to disappear you can marry me, or...!

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