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March 8, 2012


New Dean of St Paul’s London is, Surprise Surprise, Pro Gay Marriage

Somebody in the Crown Nominations Committee is having a serious laugh. Just about the most important non-episcopal clergy appointment in the Church of England has gone yet another liberal. And at his introductory press conference just guess what button he simply had to press…

The Very Rev Dr David Ison, who was appointed by the Queen this week, said the church should welcome gay people wanting to take on the virtues of marriage, such as faithfulness.

“We need to take seriously people’s desire for partnership and make sure that the virtues that you see in married relationships are available to people who are gay,” he said.

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In his previous position as dean of Bradford Cathedral, Ison conducted ceremonies to affirm and pray for gay couples civil partnerships. He said he would be happy to do the same at St Paul’s.

Is it me, or is there not even any subtlety to this anymore? It used to be that a prominent clergyman would cage his left-field comments in nuanced language. Now they just blurt them out, happy to even openly admit that they have no regard for received doctrine and practice and, indeed, simply contradict them.

Having said that, this is quite funny. The Guardian have the following picture of Ison and the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres. (Luther Pendragon/PA):

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For some reason, his grace does not look very cheery about the whole thing. I imagine Ison’s press conference has only further increased his good humour. Can’t see this one going away in a hurry…


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St. Paul’s has long been a hot bed of liberalism.  It even affects their once great services, now.  I went to an Advent service there in 07.  It was mushy crap, liturgically speaking.

[1] Posted by Newbie Anglican on 3-9-2012 at 08:27 AM · [top]

Would that the Very Rev Dr David Ison were welcoming of Christianity… but that is a very nice collar.

rolleyes

[2] Posted by tired on 3-9-2012 at 08:44 AM · [top]

What if we had all the pro-gay clergy wear rainbow collars?  Just an idea…

[3] Posted by B. Hunter on 3-9-2012 at 02:07 PM · [top]

The things that committed same-sex couples do with each other are just as dangerous, and so why is faithfulness better?

[4] Posted by danfarrell on 3-9-2012 at 03:45 PM · [top]

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