Dismiss Notice
You are browsing this site as a guest. It takes 2 minutes to CREATE AN ACCOUNT and less than 1 minute to LOGIN

A gay cleric who is an avowed celibate has "married" his partner of 30 years.

Discussion in 'Mahusiano, mapenzi, urafiki' started by zomba, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. zomba

    zomba JF-Expert Member

    #1
    Jan 28, 2009
    Joined: Nov 27, 2007
    Messages: 17,082
    Likes Received: 9
    Trophy Points: 0
    Gay cleric's 'wedding' to partner

    [​IMG] The Dean is the clergy's most senior member to tie the knot

    A gay cleric who is an avowed celibate has "married" his partner of 30 years.
    The Very Revd Jeffrey John, 53, Dean of St Albans, and Rev Grant Holmes, 52, a hospital chaplain, entered into a civil partnership last week.
    He is the most senior member of the clergy to take advantage of the laws with his congregation applauding when it was announced on Sunday.
    Church of England clergy may enter into gay marriage if they assure their bishop they are to remain celibate.
    Congregation applauded
    The Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Rev Christopher Herbert, said in a statement:
    "Jeffrey John and his partner, along with many thousands of others, have chosen to enter into civil partnerships.
    "I believe that civil partnerships confer proper, basic, legal human rights and are a matter of justice reflecting a society of difference and change.
    "There are some who will consider it inappropriate for a priest to enter into a civil partnership.
    "However, Jeffrey John has confirmed to me that the nature of his relationship remains in accord with the declarations he made in 2004 upon his appointment as Dean of St Albans, and therefore complies with the discipline of the Church of England as set out in the Bishops' Pastoral Statement on Civil Partnerships 2005."
    A cathedral congregation of about 300 broke into applause when it was announced on Sunday.
    Rev Richard Kirker, general secretary of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, welcomed the dean's partnership.
    He said: "It is a delightful occasion for them both but I am even more pleased that the congregation reacted so warmly and arranged a reception after the main service to toast their good health."
    The Rev Rod Thomas, spokesman for evangelical group Reform, said: "It is something that will only serve to deepen the crisis that the Church of England faces over the whole issue of human sexuality."
    Dr John was persuaded to stand down from the post of Bishop of Reading after protests from conservative evangelicals in July 2003.
    There was further furore when he was appointed to the senior post at St Albans in April 2004.
     
  2. Spear

    Spear JF-Expert Member

    #2
    Jan 28, 2009
    Joined: Jun 21, 2008
    Messages: 512
    Likes Received: 3
    Trophy Points: 0
    Hii ya leo ni kali lakini haiwashi !!!any way haya majambo huanzishwa huko maulaya na marekani na kuletewa sisi masikini wa Mungu third world.
     
  3. Kang

    Kang JF-Expert Member

    #3
    Jan 29, 2009
    Joined: Jun 24, 2008
    Messages: 4,698
    Likes Received: 204
    Trophy Points: 160
    Congrats to the new couple!
     
  4. T

    Tikerra JF-Expert Member

    #4
    Jan 29, 2009
    Joined: Sep 3, 2008
    Messages: 1,702
    Likes Received: 3
    Trophy Points: 0
    Sawa,lakini ulivyoandika thread hii mbona ni kama unashabikia?Sasa mimi naomba mawazo yako,hii ni sawa au sio sawa?



     
  5. zomba

    zomba JF-Expert Member

    #5
    Jan 29, 2009
    Joined: Nov 27, 2007
    Messages: 17,082
    Likes Received: 9
    Trophy Points: 0
    Mie naona si sawa, wewe unaonaje sawa, padiri kuolewa?
     
Loading...