Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Gay bishops have changed my mind

By A N Wilson
23 June 2008

The Telegraph

As the question of homosexuality and the Anglican Communion seems to be in the air, I read two books to enlighten me. They have had the disconcerting effect of making me revise my judgment about the whole matter.

I used to think that it was intolerable for anti-gay bigots to use their repellent prejudices to blackmail the harmless Anglican homosexuals, many of whom have enriched the Church with their many gifts. But these two American books have made doubt shimmer through me.

First, a memoir which I consider a masterpiece. Honor Moore's The Bishop's Daughter, published by W. W. Norton in America...

Then I turned to Bishop Gene Robinson's In the Eye of the Storm (Canterbury Press). This is the famous Bishop of New Hampshire, who is not being asked to the Lambeth Conference for fear of upsetting the bigots. Whereas I felt that the tormented Bishop Moore's life was marked with the sign of the cross, Bishop Gene's ministry appeared to come marked with one of those smiley faces with which some soppy girls dot their i's.

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Ann said...

So having a secret life and staying the closet makes better priests? This is nuts.

murat11 said...

Not to mention that embracing one's homosexuality is in itself, still in this age, taking up one's cross. Mr. Wilson, like so many people on this issue, is still way too ensconced in his head on a reality that millions of people live in their hearts and bodies. Life, for many of us, gay and straight, has crosses aplenty to carry. It doesn't take misguided intellectualism to create them.