Is this a new turn in the way the Church views the LGBT community or is it dust in the eyes? Whatever the case may be, things seem to slowly change. This time around 100 senior Anglicans sent a letter to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, saying that the Church should apologize for its homophobic remarks. They began gathering signatures from the country’s cathedral deans, which forced Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury to summon a meeting to prevent a permanent schism over the matter.
Those who have signed the letter, including 8 retired bishops and 7 deacons, insist that the Church should admit their wrongdoing and repent for the fact that it has treated homosexuals as “second-class” citizens. The letter states: “We have not loved them as we should, and have treated them as a problem to be solved rather than as brothers and sisters in Christ to be embraced and celebrated. We have made them feel second-class citizens in the Kingdom of God, often abandoned and alone.
“We, the Church, need to apologize for our part in perpetuating rather than challenging ill-informed beliefs about LGBTI people, such as the slanderous view that homosexuals have a predisposition to prey on the young.”
Another interesting declaration comes from David Ison, the Dean of ST. Paul’s who declared for Radio 4: “There are different views in scripture. Jesus had nothing much to say about sexuality, certainly not about homosexuality, but a lot to say about pride and love and judgement of others.
“One of the questions we need to face is to bring together our different contexts and understandings and to ask the questions, where have we turned scripture into our own cultural view and looked at it through our own spectacles.”
Is this the wind of change blowing around? Will be interesting to follow.