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One In 10 Church of England Bishops Could Be Secretly Straight

by | 30th, September 2014

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THE Telegraph brings news that one in 10 bishops “could be secrely” gay.  Or to put it another way, one in 10 bishops could not be secretly gay.

In the Telegraph , John Bingham reports that in his new book ( More Perfect Union – Understanding Same-Sex Christian Marriage ), Bishop Alan Wilson of Buckingham claims that almost 10% of Church of England bishops “might be gay”. The Bishop observes:

Particular attention sometimes falls on one vulnerable group with especially complex needs gay Church of England bishops… By 2014 there were said to be a dozen or so gay bishops. By definition, these men are outstanding priests who have managed to navigate the complexities of a structurally homophobic institution well enough to become its iconic representatives. They may well have a bigger investment than others in keeping the closet door tightly shut…

Many who have publicly resisted same-sex marriage also have a dog in the fight arising from personal experience. This can arise from ambivalence or guilt about ways they have handled family members who have come out as gay, as well as their own sexualities… They have more on the line than some others. They also have greater status and security, but some of them may end up among the last people able to understand the need for change and bring it about. This can be expected to be the case especially for gay evangelical bishops, with their historically less well developed networks and support systems.

The Reverend Peter Ould is unimpressed :

Right, so the reason gay bishops are in the closet is because they are deeply twisted, repressed souls who are trapped in a cycle of shame and suppression. And oh, we must be especially sorry for the evangelicals they’re the really screwed up ones.

Back in 2011 he wrote:

What would the outing of gay bishops in the Church of England actually achieve?

Well firstly, it would expose to public view as homosexual a number of men who have been faithfully celibate and abiding to the church’s teaching steadfastly for all of their lives. They would

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