At its recent synod, the Church of England voted to extend pension benefits to clergy in homosexual civil “partnerships”:
Prior to the vote, surviving civil partners of deceased gay clergy could claim pension benefits, but only back to 2005 when the Civil Partnership Act was introduced.
But now the Synod has voted to extend their pension benefits by offering surviving civil partners a pension based on all of their deceased partner’s pensionable service, equating them with widows and widowers.
The change means the Church of England will go beyond the requirements of the Civil Partnership Act 2004.
One Synod member, who asked to remain anonymous, said conservative Synod members had deliberately withheld from taking to the floor to speak against the motion for fear of reprisals.
“They didn’t dare to. There would have been screams of homophobia if anyone had dared oppose it,” he said.
It’s good to know that the CofE is an inclusive church where all are free to speak their mind – as long as they maintain the harmony of the zeitgeist.
The Times, notes:
The Church allows gay clergy to register their civil partnerships, but requests that they remain celibate.
How many homosexual clergy are there in the CofE?
In the London and Southwark dioceses, up to one in five clergy is thought to be gay, according to Canon Giles Goddard, co-founder of the lobby group Inclusive Church.
In Britain as a whole, the percentage of homosexuals is just 6%:
Six per cent of the population, or about 3.6 million Britons, are either gay or lesbian, the government’s first attempt to quantify the homosexual population has concluded.
So in the dioceses of London and Southwark, 20% of priests are homosexual, whereas in the general population, 6% are homosexual.
Why are there so many homosexuals in the leadership of the Anglican Church? Is it a deliberate recruitment drive by the church; are the robes particularly alluring; is it the funny hats?
Or is it a plot to subvert the only denomination that consistently preaches the true Gospel? No, that can’t be it.
Perhaps it’s the judgement of God as described in Romans: Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. Rom 1:28. The ultimate punishment: letting people have their own way.