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Sussex: Vicar has anti-gay ban lifted

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  1. Anthony Carter 1 Oct 2012, 7:57pm

    Hope the poor man hasn’t had to promise to be celibate….

    1. billywingartenson 10 Oct 2012, 7:29am

      Celibacy is wqhat led to the endless hidden rape of children by the catholic church’s sex starved priests.

      I hope the guy is getting plenty with his BF.

  2. Paul in Brighton 1 Oct 2012, 8:05pm

    Why would any sensible, right-minded gay men join a church as a priest where he has to vow to be celebate?

    And why would any organistion, religious or otherwise believe that it can forbid any gay man from having sex with another man?

  3. How exactly is this the *state supported* religion? In 2012, when even the bloody Tories are (officially) supporting marriage equality, and the overturning of convictions caused by unequal age of consent laws?

  4. I always feel sorry for religious gay people, they must have serious problems if they choose to be second class citizens.

  5. there no no vicar would there is gay were banned?

  6. Robert in S. Kensington 1 Oct 2012, 9:51pm

    And do the hierarchy really believe that no priest, married or not, straight or gay, not masturbate behind closed doors? What a bunch of sexually obsessive bigots.

    1. David Waite 2 Oct 2012, 12:58pm

      I trust you’re not accusing ordinary priests of all being wankers and tossers. I understood that was reserved for members in the House of Lords.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 2 Oct 2012, 2:20pm

        You are too funny! Of course not, but yes to your last sentence.

  7. Paul Essex/London 1 Oct 2012, 10:04pm

    It’s good to see a congregation standing up and telling it’s diocese that it won’t sit quietly by whilst it’s church’s superiors try to uphold a message of hate.

  8. Our officially homophobic state church. Yuck!

  9. However on Monday, the diocese said in a statement that the disciplinary matter had reached an “agreeable conclusion” Does this mean his bosses finally found out that he does like to partake in pleasures of the flesh with his civil partner? I am presuming so. Are straight, married clergy expected to be celibate?

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 2 Oct 2012, 2:22pm

      Of course, straight married clergy aren’t expected to be celibate because of the procreation nonsense for those capable, but……straight single clergy if there are any, that’s another question to be addressed.

  10. grandma spanner 2 Oct 2012, 11:39am

    U cnt av it up the bum while ya dog collars on chum

  11. Oh dear. Never try to go up against the local PCC – you will always lose. I’m glad that they stood up for him.

  12. Cardinal Capone 2 Oct 2012, 5:06pm

    Straight unmarried priests in the Anglican communion are not required to be celibate: http://articles.cnn.com/2009-05-28/us/florida.priest_1_father-cutie-celibacy-episcopal-diocese?_s=PM:US Yet priests that are married or cp’d to the same sex are. Seems like an upside down sort of morality.

  13. I was always taught (in the Scottish Presbyterian Community) to believe that the man who began the religion of Christianity was term “Rabbi” (“Teacher”) within his own community and following. In other words the man was regarded as being of a praise-worthy, admirable moral standard. In his preaching, he is reported as saying words to the effect of “Let the person who is without sin cast the first stone.” This was in the case of a woman “caught in adultery”, but the principle was set down for tolerance and understanding within any community. As I have grown older, it seems to me that the religious gurus seem to advocate a policy of not being found out; a kind of liturgical “don’t ask, don’t tell.” The men and women of the Anglican Communion seem to be brain-washed into believing a very narrow “Pauline” (St Paul) theology that is based on sexual hatred and intolerance. The reality of the teaching of the man called “Jesus the Christ” is that all mankind should be free to love.

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