Church of England to allow ‘celibate’ homosexual bishops

Thursday, January 31, 2013
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The Church of England has established a policy that could allow homosexual bishops in the future. That's stirred up intense criticism from conservatives within the denomination.

The policy adopted by the Church of England permits homosexual bishops who are involved in civil partnerships. Jeff Walton of the Institute on Religion & Democracy points out that permission is granted as long as they agree to remain celibate. 

Walton, Jeff (IRD)"But most conservatives, including evangelicals in the Church of England, point out that it seems extremely unlikely that these individuals would be in the civil partnership agreements and be living lives of celibacy," he adds. 

Walton agrees it is another incremental step towards acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle within the denomination, irrespective of scriptural prohibition, and opponents of allowing homosexual bishops are voicing their disapproval.

"I hope that evangelicals and other traditionalists within the Church of England are successful at pushing this back because the various leaders in the global South -- which is where most Anglicans in the world live -- have really been outspoken about this matter and said that it's very damaging to the church; and most importantly, it's contrary to the will of God as revealed in holy scripture," he says.

It was announced only recently that the Washington National Cathedral would conduct homosexual "marriage" ceremonies and several Episcopal dioceses will be doing civil union ceremonies.

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