Skip to comments.The homosexual, alcoholic bishop
Posted on 02/18/2006 7:59:35 AM PST by wagglebee
The Associated Press reported on Valentine's Day afternoon from Concord, New Hampshire:
"The Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson, says he is being treated for alcoholism.
"'I am writing to you from an alcohol treatment center where on Feb. 1, with the encouragement and support of my partner, daughters and colleagues, I checked myself in to deal with my increasing dependence on alcohol,' Robinson wrote in an e-mail dated Monday.
"Robinson's assistant at the Diocese of New Hampshire, the Rev. Tim Rich, said Tuesday that a growing awareness of his problem, rather than a crisis, led to Robinson's decision.
"In his letter, Robinson, 58, says he has been dealing with alcoholism for years and had considered it 'as a failure of will or discipline on my part, rather than a disease over which my particular body simply has no control, except to stop drinking altogether.'
"Rich said the news surprised him and many others.
"'We did not see it in any way impact his ministry in the diocese,' Rich said."
This AP story did not report any diocesan statement concerning how long Robinson has been dealing with alcoholism; when it "began to increase" and how much.
Nor is there any explanation of whether there was increased alcohol dependence when Robinson left his wife to begin a homosexual relationship.
Alcoholism is indeed a disease but since when has it ever ceased being "a failure of will or discipline"?
The AP also reported:
"The Rev. David Jones, rector of Robinson's home church, St. Paul's in Concord, said he also was surprised and had not seen any signs, even in retrospect, that Robinson had a problem with alcohol.
"Robinson was elected bishop of New Hampshire in 2003 and confirmed by the national church, causing an upheaval not only in the Episcopal Church, but the worldwide Anglican Communion of which it is part.
"At New York's gay pride parade last spring, marchers and spectators crowded around him for more than three hours, reaching out to touch his hand, crying and thanking him."
While prayer for any alcoholic is commendable, why did the Standing Committee of the Diocese of New Hampshire announce that Bishop Vicky Gene Robinson's (finally) seeking treatment is "a courageous example to us all"?
This man has been ordained since December 1973, and has undoubtedly dealt with alcoholism in other people.
There is no explanation from the diocese as to why this bishop did not seek treatment years ago, rather than traveling around the world promoting his new lifestyle and causing one of the worst crises in the history of the U.S. Episcopal Church, and more than 70 millions Anglicans worldwide.
""In his letter, Robinson, 58, says he has been dealing with alcoholism for years and had considered it 'as a failure of will or discipline on my part, rather than a disease over which my particular body simply has no control, except to stop drinking altogether.'"
Well then he is in for a rough recovery.
"The homosexual, alcoholic bishop"
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I thought he had a crack problem.
When this man passes away I fear he will have a great deal of explaining to do.
I've been sober for just over fifteen years and I've seen it all. Robinson's chances are very bleak in my opinion.
Which also describes his homosexuality (or at least his openly practicing it while still acting as bishop)
Does this refer to the bishop, or Rudy Giuliani?
I've been a sober member of AA for over fifteen years. There is absolutely no question in my mind that alcoholism is a three-fold disease of spirit, mind and body -- I know there are many (including a lot in AA) who disagree, I just have no interest in debating it with them.
what does he do with the empties when he's done? ewwww
now they're non-returnables
He should seek treatment for both conditions.
He has a dependence on alcohol, but not on God? Hmmmm.
Instead of the "Book of Daniel," I don't know why NBC didn't just do a series on the bishop's life. Sometimes, truth is stranger than fiction.
I have a friend from school who was sober for 12 before falling off 3 years ago to drink, and more recently, to drugs. He has since put his family through pure hell; but I fear he has not reached bottom yet.
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