About that Gay Bishop

  1. The consecration of Gene Robison as bishop of the New Hampshire Diocese
    > of the Episcopal Church is an affront to Christians everywhere. I am
    > just thankful that the church's founder, Henry VIII, and his wife
    > Catherine of Aragon, and his wife Anne Boleyn, and his wife Jane
    > Seymour, and his wife Anne of Cleves, and his wife Katherine Howard, and
    > his wife Catherine Parr are no longer here to suffer through this
    > assault on traditional Christian marriage.
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   unknown99
    Wow!!! That is well said!!! Gets the point across!!!
  4. by   fergus51
    Bwaaah haaa haaa!
  5. by   nurseygrrl
    :chuckle :chuckle
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    not exactly an auspicious start for the church of my upbringing, eh tweety? I can't imagine why this is such an "affront" in light of our very questionable beginning....I remember learning about the start of the Anglican Church in Sunday School and NOT feeling too proud......Henry the 8th ....sheesh.
  7. by   elkpark
    Well, I wasn't going to get into it because I try not to be a horrible, pretentious bore, but I've got to say something because it's such a common misconception.

    Henry VIII didn't found or start the Anglican Church. There was a small but active Protestant dissident movement in England at the time, and he just elevated the organized church that was already functioning in the country to the status of being the official, national church (yes, there were many reasons why he wanted to break away from Rome, and one of them was that he wanted another divorce and the RCs wouldn't let him have it )

    Not that I'm taking issue with your post, Tweety! I thought it was a hoot and made a good point. :chuckle I'm also v. proud that my church has consecrated Bishop Robinson, and we'll survive the surrounding "tempest in a teapot," as we Episcopalians always do. Shoot, most of the people who are so worked about this issue are the same ones who are still angry about us ordaining women -- they didn't get anywhere with objecting to that, so they've found a new "cause" to be all worked up about and use to try to recruit new supporters. They are a small, loud minority that has been unhappy about every social change that's occurred in the church in the last 25 years or so ...

    And, as Bishop Robinson has pointed out numerous times, he's certainly not the first gay Episcopal bishop -- he's just the first one to be honest about it ... In fact, in all the official Episcopal reporting about this, the church has been v. careful to not use the term "first gay bishop" but has, instead, consistently said something like (and, now, of course, I'm blanking on the precise term they've been using ... ) "first openly acknowledged gay bishop."
  8. by   purplemania
    Setting aside the gay issue, how does Bishop Robinson stand on fornication? I assume that is one of the ten commandments he thinks does not apply to him.
  9. by   Tweety
    Quote from purplemania
    Setting aside the gay issue, how does Bishop Robinson stand on fornication? I assume that is one of the ten commandments he thinks does not apply to him.
    No, the 10 commandments to not apply to a person in a loving committed relationship. I'm sure he is against fornication as are most homosexual clergy.

    If you feel homosexuality = fornication. You're wrong. Is fornication an activity that homosexuals engage in, yes. Is fornication an activity that heterosexuals engaged in, yes.
    Last edit by Tweety on Mar 22, '04
  10. by   Tweety
    Quote from elkpark
    Henry VIII didn't found or start the Anglican Church. There was a small but active Protestant dissident movement in England at the time, and he just elevated the organized church that was already functioning in the country to the status of being the official, national church (yes, there were many reasons why he wanted to break away from Rome, and one of them was that he wanted another divorce and the RCs wouldn't let him have it )
    Point well taken. Thanks for the history lesson.
  11. by   elkpark
    Setting aside the gay issue, how does Bishop Robinson stand on fornication? I assume that is one of the ten commandments he thinks does not apply to him.
    How are you defining "fornication"? Could mean many things ...
  12. by   nurseygrrl
    Look...I bet people would be a lot happier and need a lot less Prozac if there was some more fornication going on. I, for one, am pro- fornication!
  13. by   Tweety
    Quote from HerEyes73
    Look...I bet people would be a lot happier and need a lot less Prozac if there was some more fornication going on. I, for one, am pro- fornication!



    Thanks. Please lets not take this thread too seriously folks, ok?
  14. by   nekhismom


    I'm sure Henry VII is REALLY opposed!! Especially in light of all of his divorces!

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