Read it all.
Father D’Angio says:
[blockquote]For those thousands of years of history that the Bible encompasses, there was not a category of human being who was called a gay or lesbian person. It didnâ€™t exist in the mindset,[/blockquote]
Dr. Robert Gagnon basically says “not so fast my friend.” In a recent article series for the Christian Post, Gagnon had this to say about claims like Rev D’Angio’s:
[blockquote]The evidence indicates that some Greco-Roman moralists and physicians, operating within a culture that tolerated and at times endorsed at least some homosexual practice, could reject even committed homosexual unions entered into by those with a biological predisposition toward such unions. What, then, is the likelihood that the apostle Paul, operating out of a Jewish subculture that was more strongly opposed to homosexual practice than any other known culture in the Mediterranean Basin or ancient Near East, would have embraced such unions?[/blockquote]
Read his article [url=http://www.christianpost.com/news/the-bible-and-the-gay-marriage-question-part-1-52020/]here.[/url]
To sum it up, Gagnon (and other “scholars”) contends that the writers of the New Testament lived in a world where the idea of men/women who were predisposed to homosexual acts and possibly monogamous was “out there.” However, “the idea that homosexuals might be redeemed by mutual devotion would have been wholly foreign to Paul or any other Jew or early Christian.”
Difficult for me to imagine that SS Marriage would be a popular subject in Dio of Bethlehem. In fact even Marriages may be a poor subject to bring up with +Marshall. For 2002 through 2009 Marriages in the Dio declined by 51 percent resulting in only 74 Marriages for its 59 churches in 2009. It is highly possibe that by now (2011) that less than one Marriage per church has already happened. Statmann
[blockquote] St. Lukeâ€™s Episcopal Church in downtown Scranton may seem like any other house of worship. [b] One distinct difference [/b], however, rings of a timely debate in religious communities across the country. Rev. Peter Dâ€™Angio serves as an openly gay rector of the 140-year-old church. [/blockquote]
I’m having trouble spotting the distinct difference. Can some more perspicacious person help me?
A portion of this parish, together with their rector Fr. Bergman, left a few years ago to form an Anglican Use Parish of the Catholic Church — St. Thomas More Society.