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By Diogenes (articles ) | Oct 04, 2003

In the never-ending quest for gems of ecclesiastical syntax and forward-thinking theology, the U.K.'s Church Times seldom fails, in a very real sense, to deliver:

In the run-up to the Primates' Meeting, Church of Ireland bishops on both sides of the border are urging an open, sensitive and pastoral approach to the issue of homosexuality. The Bishop of Meath & Kildare, Dr Richard Clarke, said on Tuesday: "I would not take the view that anything goes, but neither could I accept that nothing gives." His reading of the scriptures did not lead him to conclude that same-sex relationships could equate to marriage, but neither could he dismiss as disordered "a faithful relationship between two people of the same gender".

Hey, aggiornamento fans: methinks we finally know where the apertura a sinistra is located.

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  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Oct. 04, 2003 11:20 PM ET USA

    Open, sensitive and pastoral. I agree with Dr. Richard Clarke on one point. He gives us nothing. "Faithful relationship between two people of the same gender" Faithful to what, exactly, Dr. Clarke? To the Lord's command to be fruitful and multiply? To the manufacture of prophylactics? To NFP? Temperance? Help me out here. I've had a bad night, criticizing Cardinals and bishops. One more of these posts, and I may begin to turn cynical.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 04, 2003 8:03 PM ET USA

    Yes, Jello Theology - Irish style! Nothing is set in stone, everything is open to 'interpretation' - which about sums up Anglicanism in general. Interesting that the luminaries of the church can be so welcoming and open on the subject of homosexuality but it doesn't appear to translate to the political sphere. I am sure the IRA, UDF and their reincarnations are taking note. Can't we all just get along...?

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