This has been posted at TitusOneNine and Stand Firm. At SFIF, Jackie Bruchi comments on the linkage that Robinson makes between woman's ordination and gay ordination. ed.
By Associated Press
October 29, 2008 9:59 PM
MANCHESTER -- Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson said he led a confidential retreat a few years ago for gay Roman Catholic priests.
Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church and world Anglican Communion, said the Catholic priest group that organized the meeting had invited him to attend.
About 75 Catholic clergy from around the U.S. participated without notifying their bishops or provincial leaders, Robinson said. In 2005, the Vatican issued a document affirming the church's stance that men with "deep-seated" attraction to other men should not be ordained.
The retreat was held outside of New England, but Robinson would not say where.
Robinson briefly discussed the retreat during a question-and-answer session after a viewing Saturday of a documentary featuring his life story called, "For The Bible Tells Me So," according to The Laconia Daily Sun.
The film features Robinson's parents and other Christian parents discussing their faith and having a child come out as gay or lesbian.
The documentary was shown at Gilford's First United Methodist Church as part of the Open Doors Fellowship, which aims to make the church welcoming for gays and lesbians.
The film makes a link between sexism and anti-gay prejudice, contending that, "at its root, the hatred of gays is driven by a hatred and second-class status of women," Robinson said.
Robinson said he made a similar point in the priests' retreat.
"I had said to them, 'It's too dangerous for you to come out as gay to your superiors, but I believe that if you work for the ordination of women in your church, you will go a long way toward opening the door for the acceptance of gay priests," Robinson said.