Thursday, 22 May 2008

Western Australia News: First female bishop ‘may lead to gay priest’

An Anglican splinter group has warned that the consecration of Perth Archdeacon Kay Goldsworthy as Australia’s first woman bishop tonight will pave the way for the appointment of openly gay priests and further deepen the rift between Church factions.

Bishop Harry Entwistle, who heads the WA chapter of the breakaway conservative group the Traditional Anglican Communion, said the consecration would add weight to the call from liberal Church elements to accept gay priests and bishops.

He said openly gay clergy would follow female bishops “as night follows day”, as had been the case in some parts of the US and Canada.

“This has put the Church in a position where there is no way back so it is no use protesting any more,” he said. “And if (the appointment of gay priests) happens, when it happens, there is no doubt the division that is now under the surface will erupt.” Read more
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