Bishops' statement ill-timed, ill-conceived.
I am saddened by the timing and the contents of the house of bishops' pastoral statement (Bishops prepare for synod aftermath, May Anglican Journal). First, a letter such as this would have been appropriate after the General Synod vote when a pastoral statement for one side or the other would certainly be in order. Released when it was, it seemed to undermine the process proposed by the Council of General Synod, and in effect says "no" to a decision that ought to have been made by the entire synod.
Secondly, I am sad about the condescending tone of the proposals regarding "pastoral care" of same-sex couples and their children. I thought the sacraments were open to all who come with sincerity and faith.
Thirdly, further study of the homosexuality issue is redundant. There are scores of studies dating back 30 years.
Finally, I know the problem lies with the fact that some believe that homosexuality and/or homosexual intimacies are sinful, and that we cannot condone that in the church. We also judged the lifestyle and religion of First Nations peoples as sinful according to "God's law," with disastrous consequences. Let's leave judging of our sinfulhess to God and love each other as God loves us.
Rev. Harry Eerkes
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|Date:||Jun 1, 2007|
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