Presiding Bishop on LGBT rights
The Episcopal Church
Office of Public Affairs
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has issued the following statement on LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered) rights:
The Episcopal Church has been clear about our expectation that every member of the LGBT community is entitled to the same respect and dignity as any other member of the human family. Our advocacy for oppressed minorities has been vocal and sustained. The current attempts to criminalize LBGT persons and their supporters are the latest in a series, each stage of which has been condemned by this Church, as well as many other religious communities and nations.
Our advocacy work continues to build support for the full human rights and dignity of all persons, irrespective of gender, race, national origin, creed, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability or inability. To do less is effectively to repudiate our membership in the human community. No one of God’s children is worth less or more than another; none is to be discriminated against because of the way in which she or he has been created. Our common task is to build a society of justice for all, without which there will never be peace on earth. Episcopalians claim that our part in God’s mission is to love God fully, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. That means all our neighbors.
The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church
What an excellent statement by Bishop Katharine, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church in the U.S. (TEC). Compared with the Primates of other Anglican Provinces of the Anglican Communion – all of them male – this feisty woman bishop is keen to set the record straight about the duplicity of the Churches in their attitude towards Christians who happen to be Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual or Trans-gendered – in this new age, when the evidence for a ‘no-fault’ basis for being LGB or T is compellingly obvious.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand.