Another first for Episcopalians

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | May 05, 2014

Gene Robinson is now the first member of the Episcopalian hierarchy who has divorced one partner of each sex. So he speaks from experience, if not from authority, when he offers this curious testimony to the revised understanding of marriage:

Love can endure, even if a marriage cannot.

That’s not exactly the vision of marital fidelity you’ll find in Matthew 19:5-6. But then if we're going to be citing Bible passages, Robinson is not the model bishop portrayed in 1 Tim 3:2.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: claude-ccc2991 - Jul. 07, 2017 4:14 PM ET USA

    Critics like Fr Martin need a lesson in Common Sense 101. Admittedly, God's Law is vexing to those who have engaged in serious immorality. But the difficulty is created by grave&willful separation from God, not by God's Law. So, there's no possible way mercy can demand excusing that separation by fiat. Instead, separation must be addressed God's way, i.e., mercy via repentance. And if the grave sinner has already died, that's a tragedy, yet God gives everyone a lifetime to choose Him&repent.

  • Posted by: ALC - Jul. 07, 2017 3:18 PM ET USA

    All bishops should be saying what Bp. Paprocki said, but instead we have some saying just the opposite and saying Paprocki's statement is confusing people. No, the lack of clarity coming from the Pope is confusing people and more bishops should be demanding clarification to clear things up.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 30, 2017 11:19 PM ET USA

    I stand with Bishop Paprocki for speaking the truth.

  • Posted by: MatJohn - Jun. 28, 2017 10:15 PM ET USA

    Expect Bishop Paprocki to be "elevated" to the diocese of Alaska in short order. The man's courage cries out for similar edicts from his fellow bishops. The name Fisher now lurks in the background.

  • Posted by: Philopus - Jun. 28, 2017 9:46 PM ET USA

    To me it seems the real scandal is that we don't see the same decree coming from all the bishops. Something like 31 of Christ's parables where on the need for us to repent and turn away from sin; yet we hardly hear any of it from most of our bishops and their priests.