The Gay Elephant In The Church Of England’s Closet

I don't know if it's ironic or tragic or both or neither but there is one heck of a woolly mammoth in the Church of England's closet. Nobody will talk about it, least of all the liberals whose idealised views of oppressed minorities does not correspond to the reality of the situation.

The reality is this, the clergy in the Church of England (bishops, priests and deacons) who are most prejudiced against women priests, with very few exceptions, are gay men. Furthermore, most of them are, or have been, in same gender sexual relationships, often with each other. Most Anglo-Catholics, gay and straight, are fully aware of this as are all of the bishops. The hypocrisy that emanates from this situation is massive. For a start, we have gay bishops and priests of the Forward in Faith faction going on about tradition and orthodoxy and the impossibility of female priests and bishops whilst they are themselves engaged in, or privately supportive of, gay men (including priests and bishops) in sexual relationships with other gay men which is a practice that is most definitely not orthodox according to their own definition of orthodoxy. This must lead to the conclusion that the anti female priest thing championed by Anglo-Catholic gay priests is down to misogyny rather than any coherent theology.

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  1. “liberals whose idealised views of oppressed minorities does not correspond to the reality of the situation”

    I don’t think so. Liberals (and here we mean “LGBT-affirming”) have a very clear-eyed view of the sick&sinful MESS which is The Closet.

    “Closet Gay” is basically an oxymoron. The Anglo-Catholics you speak of are hypocritcal “MSM”s: they’re men who have sex w/ men—but they aren’t “gay” (which REQUIRES an openness and honesty—in Christ, AND in Christ’s Church, including the laity!—which these men lack).

    Let them come out. Let them tell us WHY they don’t believe the “Clobber Verses” apply to them—but the Bible’s misogynistic texts are “still in force by gum!” Then, we can give them a hearing.

    Until then, they can bloody well STFU.

    • I have noticed that when a situation does not fit in with liberal idealisation of minorities they just don’t acknowledge them. For example black people voting against same gender marriage, racist attacks by people who are not the white majority, gay disdain for the transgender community, the history of enslaved peoples who, themselves, just as guilty of enslaving others (such as the native Americans and black Africans).