Gay Christians are defying the Church of England over the LGBT reforms failure

Pope Francis (R) and , Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby react at the end of the Vesper prayer in the Church of San Gregorio al Celio, in central Rome on October 5, 2016. Pope Francis and Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, will attend a special service in Rome on Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of the first joint prayer of a Catholic pontiff and a head of the Church of England. The two men will preside over vespers, or evening prayers, in the ancient church of San Gregorio al Celio in the Italian capital. The service has been organised to mark 50 years since a historic meeting between the then archbishop, Michael Ramsey, and Pope Paul VI. / AFP / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

In an open letter the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement has threatened to openly defy the Church of England’s rules on same-sex unions and LGBT people after today’s report that the church’s policy concerning LGBT will not be changed as much as the members of the church belonging to LGBT community expected it to be. In the letter they emphasized that every human is a part of the Body of Christ, whether the human is gay or straight. The church’s congregation will not become completely accepting and welcoming immediately and the church chiefs’ rulings should have moved people to it. But unfortunately, even though the church leaders claim gay people to be welcomed, they still have no rights which straight believers and clerics have.

The letter says: You have done nothing to acknowledge the goodness or sanctity of the relationships of LGBTI+ people, lay and clerical. Anglican LGBTI+ people are still labouring under the Higton motion and Issues in Human Sexuality as the last word on this matter. You could have made clear that issues of sexuality are not first order theological issues and that same-sex relationships, which the Archbishop described as sometimes being of “stunning quality”, could be a means of grace to those in them. You have done nothing. There is a failure of leadership and theological insight in the Church of England.
This outcome is an almost complete betrayal of the trust that has been placed in you by faithful disciples of Christ. There is no space for good disagreement. The old lines of dishonesty remain intact. Not an inch has been given to support LGBTI+ inclusion”.


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