October 21, 2004
An Anglican commission has rebuked the Episcopal church in America for ordaining an openly homosexual bishop in New Hampshire and for blessing same-sex unions.
So far, so good, it's about time that some ecclesiastical leadership started speaking against freelance theology.
If only the Anglican church had stopped there.
But, in true Episcopalian fashion of wanting to offend the fewest number of people instead of pleasing God, the denomination called for a moratrorium on both practices "until some new consensus in the Anglican communion emerges."
Some new consensus?
Whatever happened to relying on the word of God?
He made us.
He gets to set the boundaries for personal behavior and human relationships.
The Anglican church wants the American Episcopalians to apologize for causing pain and division in the global Anglican communion.
The report calls for the bishop who consecrated the gay bishop, Gene Robinson, to consider withdrawing from Anglican "functions" until they offer an expression of regret.
Repentance would be a better path, along with the defrocking of the gay bishop and the voiding of the same-sex unions.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
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