It appears there is more trouble for the Church of England; at least more controversy. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has appointed an openly gay man, Dr. Jeffrey John, to be the next Bishop of Southwark: the Telegraph, in the UK, says it like this,
“A confidential meeting, chaired by Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has approved Dr Jeffrey John, the Dean of St Albans, to be on the shortlist to be the next Bishop of Southwark.
He is understood to be the favoured candidate.
Dr John is a hugely divisive figure in the church after he was forced to stand down from becoming the Bishop of Reading in 2003 after it emerged he was in a homosexual, but celibate, relationship.” (See the full story: Here)
This issue is quite amazing, given the clarity of Scripture on this point; that is the issue of homosexuality. The only explanation that can be given, to understand how folks as brilliant as Williams could miss this, is that they have a different view of inspiration and thus their interpretation of Scripture. For this camp the Bible is strictly a human book wherein we encounter the “Word of God” (Jesus); given the human status of scripture its “authority” and contextual clarity can be marginalized by other socio/cultural concerns — viz. it can be marginalized or relativized by other “humans.”