Church allows gay bishops who take a vow of celibacy
[MORNING STAR ONLINE.CO.UK] You can be gay and lead the Church of England so long as you don't have sex with men, according to the Church of England's House of Bishops.
If you're celibate you're not gay, are you? You're celibate.
In a historic yet bizarre reversal of its ban on gay clergy, bishops said today they would allow gay clergy - even those in a civil partnership - to become bishops as long as they also took a vow of celibacy.
The church's ruling on same-sex relationships insisted "the clergy cannot claim the liberty to enter into sexually active homophile relationships."
The distinction stems from church teaching that civil partnerships are "friendships" between people of the same sex rather than a romance.
...back at the game, the Babe was wondering why the baseball kept getting bigger and bigger. Finally it hit him...
straight bishops would remain free to consummate relationships with their partners.
That sounds like enough lack of equivalence to be sure it's modified in a few years, kinda like "don't ask, don't tell." That's probably the next step, in fact.
The decision follows a controversial decision by the General Synod in November upholding the church's ban on women bishops.
Posted by: Fred 2013-01-05