Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Patriarchal Homophobes: British Anglican Bishops defect to the Vatican

The Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the English Anglican Church, and the global Anglican Communion seems more upset about the ordination of openly lesbian Bishop Mary Glasspool, (pictured, right), in the Episcopalian Diocese of Los Angeles than about the return of Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act, which he spoke out against in December 2009, but has remained silent about since the bill came back into play.  Why?  Most likely because he's losing too many church members over the rift within the Anglican Communion that began with the ordination of gay Bishop Gene Robinson, in the Episcopalian Diocese of New Hampshire, in 2003.

Here's the latest move by homophobic, patriarchal Anglican Bishops, five of them this time, from England and Wales, who've decided to switch their allegiance from the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Pope over gay marriage and gay or female clergy.   If they're not breaking away from the Anglican Communion to join the Anglican Realignment, like many African Anglican Bishops, they're rejoining the Vatican.

This news of the British Anglican defection appeared in The Independent, published in Uganda, where heterosexual Bishop Christopher Senyonjo has already been defrocked for his advocacy of LGBT rights, where many Anglican Bishops have defected to the Anglican Realignment, .and where the Anti-Homosexuality Act, will soon get a second reading in the Ugandan Parliament:

Anglican bishops defect to the Vatican


Five Church of England bishops have announced they are converting to Catholicism over the row about female clergy and gay bishops.
Bishop of Ebbsfleet Andrew Burnham, Bishop of Richborough Keith Newton, Bishop of Fulham John Broadhurst and retired bishops Edwin Barnes and David Silk will “enter into full communion with the Catholic Church”.
Newton cited the issue of blessing gay marriage and said there had been a “more lax attitude towards moral issues”.
The Catholic Church believes homosexuality is “intrinsically disordered”.
The move was announced by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. The Catholic Church recently made it easier for dissident Anglicans to join.
Last November, the Vatican extended an offer to Anglicans to allow them to convert to Catholicism while keeping Anglican traditions.
The five are considered junior bishops. At the time, it was suggested that there would be a large influx of Anglicans into the Catholic Church, but only 500 of UK’s 800,000 regular church-goers have suggested they will convert.

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