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Northern Ireland: Gay rights group welcomes election of archbishop

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  1. Craig Denney 4 Oct 2012, 3:18pm

    “Archbishop Clarke said that he believed the church could eventually solve its long-running internal row over homosexuality”

    In two or three hundred years

  2. Canon Kenny is a lovely chap, and an inveterate optimist.

    I suspect Archbishop Clarke’s “careful process of discernment” means “tell gays to keep quiet and wait their turn for another twenty years”, but I’m a sceptic (and an atheist).

    Also, contrary to the PN subhead, Changing Attitude Ireland is an ecumenical group, and not a Church of Ireland group. Their goal is to “seek full acceptance in the Churches in Ireland”, i.e. ALL churches in Ireland. If there’s any country where ecumenicalism matters, it’s this one.

  3. Craig Denney 4 Oct 2012, 3:43pm

    Strange how PN is not covering this story at all?

    Salvatore Cordileone the new archbishop-elect of San Francisco is being installed today and he was the architect of Prop8.

    1. Cardinal Capone 4 Oct 2012, 5:38pm

      President Obama should respond by making Lady Gaga US Ambassador to the Vatican.

  4. Yawn. He already sounds like the Hibernian variant of a Rowan Williams-style waffler.

  5. ...Paddyswurds 4 Oct 2012, 7:01pm

    Another xtian homophobic bigot joins the fray…… How progressive of The Church of Ireland Cult…..

  6. Christians seem to be saying– whilst we don’t approve of bullying or violence against LGBT, we would like non the less for you to go through life feeling really uncomfortable about who you are.

    There, who says we aren’t loving and compassionate?

    1. Dave North 4 Oct 2012, 10:06pm

      These people ARE NOT christians.

      Simply bigots hiding behind a bible they have never read.

  7. I don’t know anything about this man so can’t really comment except to say I also remember Keith O’Brien being described as a liberal when he was made a cardinal.

  8. well at least it is a step in the right direction ….. I think

  9. Who cares.

    Ireland (and the rest of the world) will become more LGBT inclusive as religion declines.

    If the appointment of a pro-gay bishop facilitates the decline of religion then it should be welcomed on those terms.

    But to expect common sense and fairness from ANYONE who believes in the sky-fairy, is rather optimistic.

  10. “eventually” That probably means in 500 years which is how long they took to exonerate Galileo.

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