Monday, 23 June 2008

German Lutherans poised to elect homosexual bishop

German Lutherans may elect their first openly homosexual bishop. Horst Gorski is a senior cleric from Hamburg and is standing for the post of bishop of Schleswig in northern Germany.

The possibility of Gorski's being elected a bishop is dividing German Lutherans. Die Welt newspaper quoted Ulrich Ruess, a pastor in the northern city of Hamburg, who warned, "Many members of the community would have little understanding for a bishop with this kind of lifestyle."

Reuters reports that Gorski is a homosexual activist theologian who has set up "centres" for homosexual clergy. Lutheran officials refuse to take Gorski out of the running, saying that the church has no official stand on homosexuality. The Lutheran World Federation has said it does not intend to get involved in a controversy. LWF General Secretary Reverend Ishmael Noko told Reuters, "We have no position on this issue at the moment." He added that the LWF has commissioned a study on marriage, family and sexuality.

Lutheranism in general is besieged with demands from the homosexual movement for acceptance of their "lifestyle." In 2007, the national assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America passed a resolution urging bishops to "refrain from or demonstrate restraint" in disciplining homosexual clergy in "faithful committed same-gender relationships."

Since at least 2007, Swedish Lutherans have offered "blessings" for homosexual partnerings. While Sweden's Lutheran Church has not made any official decision on performing "gay marriages," the church has "blessed" homosexual civil partnerships and welcomed actively homosexual clergy. Read more
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