The ABC on the sexual revolution

I am going to have to read the whole text, but this is troubling:

In his most widely anticipated address since taking over the leadership of the Church, the Most Rev Justin Welby insisted that it was now “absurd and impossible” to ignore an “overwhelming” change in social attitudes.

In a deliberate echo of Harold MacMillan’s 1950 speech which attacked apartheid in South Africa, the Archbishop warned church leaders that they needed to reassess their own attitudes to gay people – even if they do not “like it”.

While insisting he had no immediate plans to change policy on issues such as gay marriage, he announced a major campaign to curb anti-gay bullying in the Church of England’s more than 5,000 schools.

He is understood to have approached Stonewall, which led the campaign in favour of gay marriage, to invite it into church schools to teach up to a million children about homosexuality.

“We may or may not like it but we must accept that there is a revolution in the area of sexuality,” the Archbishop said.

And, I would hope he would add that we must be prepared to accept martyrdom for standing for the Truth, and for the givenness of our sexual identities as male and female.

Well, maybe the address is not quite so bad.  Here’s more:

“Anyone who listened to much of the Same Sex Marriage Bill Second Reading Debate in the House of Lords could not fail to be struck by the overwhelming change of cultural hinterland. Predictable attitudes were no longer there.

“The opposition to the Bill – which included me and many other bishops – was utterly overwhelmed, with amongst the largest attendance and participation and majority since 1945.

“There was noticeable hostility to the view of the churches”.

He admitted that it had been “close to the bone” to evidence of young gay people driven to suicide because of uncaring attitudes from churches.

“In some things we change course and recognise the new context.

“In others we stand firm because truth is not set by culture, nor morals by fashion.

“But let us be clear, pretending that nothing has changed is absurd and impossible.”

Stand firm, Archbishop Welby.  Stand firm.  And the evidence of young gay people driven to suicide because of the uncaring attitudes of the churches is propaganda.  It’s all of a piece of radicals seeking to force acceptance of a new sexual dogma on any who dissent, using threats and the power of the state if necessary.

We have a young Catholic man here in Ottawa who committed suicide after a lifetime of bullying.  He has become a poster boy for this kind of gay propaganda even though his own father says the reasons for his suicide and the reasons he was bullied are more complex, including a fight with severe depression.  He was out in terms of his sexual identity yet loved and accepted by his family and I am sure his local church community.

 

 

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6 Responses to The ABC on the sexual revolution

  1. Richard M says:

    I am fond of quoting one of Chesterton’s better known aphorisms: ” It was said truly enough that human Christianity in its recurrent weakness was sometimes too much wedded to the powers of the world; but if it was wedded it has very often been widowed.” Especially because he then added: “It is a strangely immortal sort of widow.”

    The sudden shift in western society on homosexuality is a marvel to behoid. But I do not think that it is any more swift or stunning as the revolution that we saw in 1965-1970. Which should not surprise us, since both are acts in the same play, the same cultural revolution. And once the first act succeeded, this latest act was inevitable. A secularized western society in which heterosexuals had come to view sex as primarily a recreational activity largely divorced from procreation and marriage as a malleable and impermanent institution had no powers of resistance against gay rights; all that was required was generational turnover, and the continued working of mass popular culture, headed by cultural elites.

    Likewise, the Church of England, and its daughter churches in the old settler colonies, has no such powers of resistance either. Archbishop Welby seems like a better man for the job than poor Rowan Williams; but he heads a church in which he will find few allies for a fight against normativizing homosexuality. Too many of the likeliest allies have already exited the building.

    • Rev22:17 says:

      Richard,

      You wrote: The sudden shift in western society on homosexuality is a marvel to behoid.

      To be fair, the shift is not exactly sudden. When I started college in 1975, there was already a well established club for homosexual and bisexual students that had support of the institution as a recognized extracurricular student activity, funded by student activity fees — and I think that this was pretty common at secular colleges and universities at the time.

      Norm.

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  3. Rev22:17 says:

    Deborah,

    You opened: I am going to have to read the whole text, but this is troubling:

    Context, context, context!

    We all need to remember that the major media depend upon sensationalism and spin to attract readers and viewers, and this article is no exception. The Archbishop of Canterbury said that the Church of England needs to deal with the reality that the culture has shifted, and some two-bit reporter spins that comment into a major innovation of policy. The result is much bloviating by the reporter and little real substance.

    Yes, articles like this are disturbing — but because they manifest a lack of integrity and truthfulness in media not worthy of our trust.

    But the complementary reality is that

    From the article: While insisting he had no immediate plans to change policy on issues such as gay marriage,…

    Good, we finally get the truth.

    The article continues: … he announced a major campaign to curb anti-gay bullying in the Church of England’s more than 5,000 schools.

    If homosexual students are frequently victims of bullying in the schools operated by the Church of England, an initiative to bring it to an end is long overdue — and it’s good that the new Archbishop of Canterbury recognizes that fact and is taking initiative in the matter. The magisterium of the Catholic Church spoke out on this over two decades ago when the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith promulgated the Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons. Here is the relevant text (boldface added).

    10. It is deplorable that homosexual persons have been and are the object of violent malice in speech or in action. Such treatment deserves condemnation from the Church’s pastors wherever it occurs. It reveals a kind of disregard for others which endangers the most fundamental principles of a healthy society. The intrinsic dignity of each person must always be respected in word, in action and in law.

    You wrote: And the evidence of young gay people driven to suicide because of the uncaring attitudes of the churches is propaganda. It’s all of a piece of radicals seeking to force acceptance of a new sexual dogma on any who dissent, using threats and the power of the state if necessary.

    I don’t dispute that the major media have blown this issue out of proportion, but I doubt that any of us can rule out the possibility that “bullying” of homosexual teens has led, or at least contributed, to some suicides. Teen suicide is typically the consequence of low self-esteem and rejection to which “bullying” often contributes.

    You wrote: He has become a poster boy for this kind of gay propaganda even though his own father says the reasons for his suicide and the reasons he was bullied are more complex, including a fight with severe depression.

    Tragically, there are many who now suggest to depressed teens that acknowledging, at least to themselves, that they are homosexual will enable them to move forward and to find happiness in a homosexual relationship that they have not found in heterosexual relationships. The reality is that, in many of these cases, the fundamental issues have nothing whatsoever to do with their sexuality and the attempts at homosexual relationships only make matters worse.

    But that fact does not alter the reality that bullies often target such individuals, often using homosexuality (or at least accusations of homosexuality) as a pretext for their deplorable conduct.

    Norm.

    • Foolishness says:

      yes, but it is not “church attitudes” that is causing the bullying. That’s the part I object to. Yes, kids get razzed for being effeminate, but it’s not generally because anyone was taught it’s immoral to be effeminate.

      • Rev22:17 says:

        Deborah,

        You wrote: Yes, kids get razzed for being effeminate, but it’s not generally because anyone was taught it’s immoral to be effeminate.

        Actually, “effeminate” is not an adjective that I would use to characterize the majority of homosexual men whom I know.

        But that said, the reality is that many people do equate effeminate characteristics in a male with homosexuality and thus presume effeminate males to be homosexual — and the church’s condemnation of homosexual acts immediately gets transferred.

        Norm.

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