The Church of England has decided to permit married gay bishops so long as they remain "celibate."
You can already see how unstable this idea is. For example, if gays can be bishops and get married, what's so wrong with gays having sex inside quasi-marriage? If heterosexuals can have sex in marriage, isn't it discriminatory to apply a different rule to gays in quasi-marriage?The Church of England on Friday (Jan. 4) confirmed that it has dropped its prohibition on gay clergy in civil partnerships becoming bishops -- but only if they agree to remain celibate.
Speaking on behalf of the Church's House of Bishops, Bishop of Norwich Graham Jones said in a statement: "The House of Bishops has confirmed that clergy in civil partnerships, and living in accordance with the teaching of the Church on human sexuality, can be considered as candidates for the episcopate. There had been a moratorium on such candidates for the past year and a half while the working party completed its task."
Jones added that the bishops agreed it would be "unjust" to exclude gay men from becoming bishops if they were otherwise "seeking to live fully in conformity with the Church's teaching on sexual ethics or other areas of personal life and discipline."
And how long will it take for the argument about "what does "celibate" mean?" to erupt. This is a church that tolerates a surpising diversity of opinions about what "resurrection" and "Jesus" mean.