Institutional Hypocrisy and The Church

The need for ‘covering up’ one’s sexual-orientation, sadly, seems still to be a problem for those people who feel called by God into ministry but are afraid of being turned down because of what they know to be their unalterable sexual attraction which is different from the binary ‘norm’.

Despite one’s own understanding of the FACT that this is a non-negotiable part of their intrinsic being; prospective ordinands – in the current situation – are often encouraged to keep their inner sexual reality a secret from anyone connected to the discernment process who might be led to deny their calling, purely on the basis of their gender/sexual difference.

Until the Anglican Church is ready and open towards the fact that God can (and does) actually call LGBTQ+ people into active ministry in the Church, there will always be an atmosphere of enforced duplicity; which is not helpful – either to the candidate or the authority examining their suitablility.

Now that the Church (officially) no longer considers ‘being gay’ or ‘different’ to be an aberration or a mortal sin; one longs for the time when institutionally-enforced hypocrisy will be brought to an end.

(For this splendid article from Via Media News, cover the link below and retrieve it:)

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

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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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