WE ARE NOT BANNING GAYS -WE’RE JUST NOT LETTING THEM IN

This is first class episcopal double speak.

From THE BURNLEY CITIZEN:

The government is planning to give the green light to same-sex couples to take part in civil ceremonies in religious settings. But the Bishop of Burnley, the Rt Revd John Goddard, has said that the Church of England would not be conducting such ceremonies because ‘it is not part of the Church of England’s teaching pattern’.

He said: “This is not about banning gay people from church. It is simply contrary to the decision made by the Anglican community.

"Gay couples are not permitted to have civil ceremonies in the Church of England.

"We are not judging couples but what we are saying is that it is not part of Church of England teaching pattern.

"We will not be encouraging the confusion between the marriage ceremony, for a man and a woman, and a civil service, which is a marriage-like service for same sex couples.”

COMMENT: So have I got this straight? It's not about judging gay people it's about judging gay people. Now my brain hurts.

Comments

WE ARE NOT BANNING GAYS -WE’RE JUST NOT LETTING THEM IN — 14 Comments

  1. Sexual Deviants Untie!

    [I leave it to your naughty imaginations what we’re untying. ;-p]

    If the Devil has an Active Plot to destroy the Church of England *, Certain Bishops could not be better acting as his minions.

    * Though he’s still probably too busy destroying the Church of Rome. And its Paternolistic satellite at Penn State.

  2. “Sexual Deviants Untie!

    Somebody HAD to say it! (Not hugely surprising that it was JCF….)

    Hmmm…. Just thinking of myself as a sexual deviant ought to spice up my life considerably…

  3. “It is simply contrary to the decision made by the Anglican community.”

    Er .. what is this Anglican Community, Bishop? I thought we had a General Synod for debate and discussion.

  4. You’re showing a pre-covenant mindset Saintly. General Synod is trumped by “The Anglican Community”. At least he’s not pretending it would still be a Communion.

  5. Well, as Christ said, “Let your yes be yes, and your no be ‘We’re not saying no, just that it’s not an unqualified yes, in that it goes opposite to a yes, being that it is not part of our teaching pattern.'”