Skip to comments.First Gay Anglican Bishop Reflects on Tenure in NH
Posted on 01/01/2013 7:59:00 PM PST by marshmallow
New Hampshire Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson says he chafed for several years at being branded the first openly gay bishop of the Anglican Church until he realized that he was wasting a pulpit from which he could advocate for equality.
"I'd been given this really remarkable opportunity and it would be selfish of me not to be the best steward of that opportunity," he recently told The Associated Press in an interview as he prepares to retire in January. "We went from my consecration, which set off this international controversy, to nine years later seeing gay, lesbian and transgender congregants welcome at all levels of the church, including bishop."
Robinson's election in 2003 as the first openly gay bishop in the Anglican church created an international uproar and led conservative Episcopalians to break away from the main church in the United States.
Robinson, 65, will hand the pastoral staff to his successor, A. Robert Hirschfeld, in a ceremony at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Concord on Jan. 5.
As he prepared to retire after nearly a decade as bishop, Robinson reflected on the crucibles and crusades of his tenure.
He was publicly shunned by church elders, targeted with death threats and says he struggled to strike a balance between being the "good bishop" and the "gay bishop." In the end, he says, they became one and the same.
He is a self-described "off-the-end-of-the-scale extrovert" who bounds across stages and television studios, whether promoting causes or his new book, "God Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage."
Robinson said it pained him deeply to be excluded in 2008 from a gathering of Anglican bishops and clergy that occurs every 10 years in England, known as the Lambeth Conference. He said it was the first time since 1867 that a bishop....
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Spare me the details, Vicki.
An Anglican Bishop for buggery.
It “chafed” him.
He wasn’t interested in saving souls. Gay rights trumped John 3:16. He’ll answer to God for encouraging people to sin from the pulpit.
He has never even attempted to argue his case rationally. He just accuses all those who disagree with him of “hate.”
This isn’t really news. The headline might as well be: “Church’s Approval of Sodomy Pleases Sodomites.”
No person has more greatly damaged the Episcopal Church in all its history, than this selfish alcoholic pervert, who abandoned his wife and children to embark on his abominable desecration of the church, including alleged marriage to his sodomite. He has blasphemed in ways hitherto unimaginable.
Poor crusading homosexual bishop.
After years of buggery his rectum is wrecked and chafed.
Why does the Tom Monaghan Thread get locked?
I am in agreement with you.
But over 30 years ago, when I worked in a very liberal seminary, the running joke was this:
“The LAST time the name of Jesus was heard at Episcopal Divinity School was when it was being renovated, and one of the carpenters hit his thumb with a hammer.”
I know it was the pot calling the kettle black, but it indicated that the death march to liberalism at EDS had already begun long before Robinson-The-Sodomite made the scene.
Robinson was just the frosting on an already long festering, corrupted, loathsome cake.