‘Do You See This Woman?’

In the wake of the Orlando massacre, the Church needs to take heed of the part some of us may be playing in the disrespect shown to the world’s intrinsically gay people. Jesus’ priority is always mercy over judgement.


by the Very Revd Dr David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s


It was a scandal. How dare he overturn nearly two millennia of tradition and upset people’s faith unnecessarily? And he’s kept doing it. It’s absolutely against the rules….  So some Catholics say about the 2013 papal innovation by Pope Francis’ of washing the feet, not just of devout Catholic men, but of people including women and those of other or no faith, on Maundy Thursday in remembrance of the Last Supper.

In 2015 Pope Francis changed the rubric, the rules of the service, to allow others to do what he’d already been doing – not that those who disagreed with him would have wanted him to make it legal anyway. Interesting that Jesus had a habit of doing that: challenging the rules made up by those around him, and doing it in order to share wholeheartedly the love of…

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About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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