Ireland – the gay issue
Posted by Fr Mark on August 19, 2009
Church of Ireland may accept gay marriage – Harper
From Newsletter, 05.07.08:
Concluding his speech, the Archbishop said: “It has not yet been conclusively shown that for some males and some females homosexuality and homosexual acts are natural rather than unnatural.
“If such comes to be shown, it will be necessary to acknowledge the full implications of that new aspect of the truth, and that insight applied to establish and acknowledge what may be a new status for homosexual relationships within the church.”
But the Rev James McMaster, rector of St Nicholas’ Church of Ireland in Carrickfergus, said he believes most members of the Church of Ireland would disagree with the Archbishop.
“It’s certainly not the Church’s position. It may be Archbishop Harper’s postion but it is certainly not the Church of Ireland position; it’s not the position of very many of us and it’s not the Bible’s position.
“Unfortunately, when Archbishop Harper speaks, people think he’s representing the Church of Ireland and speaking for it, but he definitely is not on this occasion,” the Rev McMaster said.