Four bishops in the Anglican church in Lichfield have written in a letter, that gay people should be allowed to take up leadership roles in church.They believe that it is only immaturity on the part of the church to exclude gay people from occupying leadership positions in the body of Christ.
They also stated in the letter that the church should desist from the act of questioning people about sexuality at the verge of choosing leaders. “Nobody should be told that their sexual or gender identity in itself makes them an unsuitable candidate for leadership in the Church,” it reads.
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It goes on to note that “intrusive questioning about someone’s sexual practices or desires, or their experience of gender, is almost always inappropriate. It is also unacceptable to tell or insinuate to people that sexual orientation or gender identity will be changed by faith, or that homosexuality or gender difference is a sign of immaturity or a lack of faith.
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It first praised “the great contribution that LGBT+ Christians are making” before saying, “we wish to affirm that LGBT+ people can be called to roles of leadership and service in the local church.
“We want to make clear that nobody should be excluded or discouraged from receiving the Sacraments of Baptism or the Lord’s Supper on the grounds of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Note that in all cases excommunication is reserved to the diocesan bishop,” stated the letter.