Friday, September 24, 2004

The ELCA's pet issue

Today the ELCA published a press release detailing the fact that the the bishop of one of its synods has "[sent] a letter of censure and admonition" to one of its congregations for installing a pastor a person who is inelligible, vis a vis current "Visions and Expectations" for clergy ministry. The man in question is gay. In the letter, the Bishop said he would hold off on disciplinary action until the results of the current study on the issue of homosexuality is complete while emphasizing the fact that the congregation in question had flown in the face of current ELCA standards. Of course the release failed to mention whether the minister in question is a practicing homosexual. If he is, then the censure is entirely in order, because current church policy does call for celibacy outside of marraige. Bracketing the outcome of "the study," policy is policy. It seems that there are at least some church leaders out there are willing to take a stand. For more information... http://www.elca.org/co/news/, http://www.elca.org/faithfuljourney/, http://www.elca.org/dm/candidacy/vision_ordained.html. Comments?

3 Comments:

Blogger Christopher said...

"In the letter, the Bishop said he would hold off on disciplinary action until the results of the current study on the issue of homosexuality is complete . . ."

That is to say, disciplinary action is contingent on whether or not the ELCA will determine by democratic vote whether to rescind the moral teaching of the Christian tradition regarding homosexual relationships.

Anybody else find this attitude with regards to moral truth kind of peculiar? -- Perhaps it's to be expected of the ELCA, but I can only imagine the raised eyebrows if, say, the Catholic bishops of the world suddenly got together and said, "you know, in keeping with the times and our more enlightened Episcopalian brethren, we're contemplating chucking the recieved moral tradition of our Church and embracing human sexual relationships in all their celebrated diversity -- but until we formally do so at the next Vatican Council, we recommend you postpone any clerical appointments along these lines."

September 24, 2004 at 10:07 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

I agree that the holding off on disciplinary action is a little shady, and the idea of voting on issues of morality are even more shady, but as you say this is to be expected of the ELCA. In an effort to "reach out" the church seems willing to sell itself for membership, and there is no body that we can turn to for guidence except for the very ones instigating the study. A disturbing state of affairs...

September 27, 2004 at 12:59 PM  
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