Bishop rethinks sexuality
A Gippsland bishop has told his Synod meeting he questions if Christians can still interpret Biblical references to sexuality in the same way “now we know that it is simply a reality of some people’s lives to be same-sex attracted, and not a perverse choice made by them.”
Addressing his Diocesan Synod in Sale last month, Bishop John McIntyre said he had moved “to a new place in my understanding of the place of same-sex attracted people in the life of the church.”
“I have come to know and acknowledge that the fruit of their works makes clear that God has been and is at work in and through gay and lesbian people, who for years have been a part of our church, in both lay and ordained ministries.”
McIntyre said the Church, in the name of orthodoxy, treated gay and lesbian people “rather shabbily”, comparing their treatment with Galileo’s persecution over proving the earth was round, not flat.
Regarding same-sex marriage McIntyre said: “Is there not an argument that all people should have access to the institution of marriage, precisely in order to guarantee under law the ongoing protection of children, the good order of society and the rights of those who are in committed life-long relationships? And is it not perhaps unjust to deny the rights of any group of people to that access?”
McIntyre said he was not demanding all Anglicans agree with him.
“We can stay together in the unity of Christ with our differences, and in grace we can continue to learn from each other,” he said.