Monday, August 04, 2008

Ireland: Archbishop criticised over stance on gays

[Anglican Mainstream] 4 Aug 2008--A group representing between 70 and 100 Church of Ireland clergy and lay preachers has publicly attacked Archbishop Alan Harper for "inflaming divisions" surrounding homosexuality.

In a letter to the News Letter, the Evangelical Fellowship of Irish Clergy (EFIC) called on the archbishop to reconsider his position on the issue after he said that the Church may need to give a "new status for homosexual relationships" if science proves people are born gay.

The strongly-worded public criticism — which rarely emanates from so many ordained members of the Church — comes as the Irish bishops are in London with more than 600 Anglican bishops for the once-a-decade Lambeth conference.

Related article:
Harper replies on gay issue - News Letter

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