([London] Times) Church is the last bastion of prejudice says Jeffrey John

The gay priest whose appointment as a bishop triggered the crisis over homosexuality in the Church of England has condemned the Church as “the last refuge of prejudice”.

Speaking on the subject for the first time in nearly a decade, Dr Jeffrey John, 59, who was pressured by the Archbishop of Canterbury to stand down as Bishop of Reading in 2003, said that the Church’s mishandling of the gay issue was at the root of rising secularism.

“Exactly the same love and commitment are possible between two people of the same sex as between two people of different sexes, and it is not immediately clear why the Church should regard such a relationship as ethically or spiritually inferior to a heterosexual marriage,” he said.

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7 comments on “([London] Times) Church is the last bastion of prejudice says Jeffrey John

  1. tired says:

    “…and it is not immediately clear…”

    And yet it is abundantly clear that this man is unqualified to wear a collar.

    🙄

  2. Ralph says:

    [blockquote]“Exactly the same love and commitment are possible between two people of the same sex as between two people of different sexes, and it is not immediately clear why the Church should regard such a relationship as ethically or spiritually inferior to a heterosexual marriage,” he said.[/blockquote]
    No person who truly loves another would defile that person by sexual immorality, or other means.

    To me it’s clear that 2 persons of the same sex can love each other, and be committed to each other. However, if in the course of that relationship they choose to have sex with each other, then both are defiled physically and spiritually.

    Holy Scripture and Holy Tradition offer us no positive examples of homosexual practice.

  3. Christopher Johnson says:

    The Church’s mishandling of the gay issue was at the root of rising secularism.

    Really, Jeff? Really? Do you really want to go there? Because if that blithering idiocy were true, the Episcopal Organization would be bursting at the seams with people.

  4. dwstroudmd+ says:

    Error, Jeffrey, on three counts: Scripture, Reason, and Tradition.

  5. Milton Finch says:

    Says a man.

    Says a man that desires another man with all his heart.

    Says a man that doesn’t desire to accept what he reads in scripture.

    Says a man that desires that all others would accept what he accepts in his desire to make his hole being.

    Says a man.

    Says a man.

  6. Katherine says:

    Dr. John has it backwards. I think rather that rising secularism caused the mishandling of the “gay” issue.