Wednesday, June 21, 2006

"Homosexuals were created by God to love people of the same gender."

The U.S. Episcopal Church has elected a new leader in Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori. Evidently, she has realized that it's quite a thing to be both a leader of the U.S. Episcopal Church and a woman at the same time, so she has made statements that would raise the eyebrows of only the most Puritanical of persons.
Interviewed on CNN, Jefferts Schori was asked if it was a sin to be homosexual.

"I don't believe so. I believe that God creates us with different gifts. Each one of us comes into this world with a different collection of things that challenge us and things that give us joy and allow us to bless the world around us," she said.

"Some people come into this world with affections ordered toward other people of the same gender and some people come into this world with affections directed at people of the other gender."
Oops. Okay. Maybe she has made statements that would raise more eyebrows than just those of the most Puritanical.

More on Jefferts Schori's election here.

Gays in the church seems to be a popular thing right now:
A Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) national assembly voted Tuesday to create some leeway for gay clergy and lay officers to serve local congregations, despite a denominational ban on partnered gay ministers.

A measure approved 298-221 by a Presbyterian national assembly keeps in place a church law that says clergy and lay elders and deacons must limit sexual relations to man-woman marriage. But the new legislation says local congregations and regional presbyteries can exercise some flexibility when choosing clergy and lay officers of local congregations if sexual orientation or other issues arise. (Christian Post)
Sharp words from Mark LaRoi regarding Jefferts Schori: "Her teachings are a cancer eating away the life that remains in that church, and if she remains as it's head, those who follow her will follow her to destruction." Ouch!!


  1. (mounts soap-box)

    I note that the representatives for the spliter groups who are complaining most loudly over Jefferts Schori's election have conceeded that they approved of none of the candidates. Only if we go back to the 1928 Prayer Book and 1940 Hymnal and all of the regulations of that era will they be happy.


    Not so long ago (a few yers back) I was told that being an Episcopalian was a "boring" denominational choice. Not any more! (grins)

  2. Lemming: You've got that right - Episcopalian's can't be considered boring!

  3. I was raised in the Episcopal church... I've always been proud of the fact that we're open and receptive of everyone.

    We're Catholicism Lite: All the ritual, none of the rules.