The Revd. Jeremy Pemberton (C. of E.) – in the above-linked article – mentions the difficulties associated with the Church of England’s new attempt to come to terms with the phenomenon of LGBT+ people in the Church – after the original House of Bishops’ proposal to deal with this issue was resoundingly defeated by the General Synod because of its inadequacy in actual involvement of LGBT+ in the process. Here, towards the end of Jeremy’s blog-piece, is a relevant statement:
” We live in a world of all kinds of fakery. Fake news, fake goods, fake politicians, faked votes, fake blogs and postings on social media. Living in Love and Faith is the vehicle that our church is using to forward its engagement with its own LGBTI+ faithful. For the reasons I identify, I think it is methodologically suspect and highly biased to produce results that will not be too difficult for the commissioning bishops to handle. It is fake participation. I think the whole church deserves better. I don’t dare hope for that, but I do hope that someone is listening and thinking about the kinds of concerns that I am raising”.
It would appear that, in the new presentation of the H. of B.s’ original intention, there has still been no attempt to seriously involve people whose lives are intimately connected with the subject of its workings.
If the Bishops are not prepared to involve people with actual experience of being intrinsically gay (or LGBT+), then what real purpose will be served by the exercise of trying to understand their situation in the promotion of ‘Living in Love and Faith’?
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand