Monday, May 05, 2014

Bishop Robinson’s Divorce is Huge Black Eye for Episcopal Church Leadership


By David W. Virtue
May 4, 2014

Gene Robinson, the homogenital bishop of New Hampshire and the poster boy for The Episcopal Church’s new morality is not talking. He won't respond to emails from the secular and religious press about his divorce from his partner Mark Andrew.

The reason is simple. He cannot justify his sex life --- two marriages and two divorces (one to a woman and one to a man) --- to a church and public that has given him a lot of inclusive and diverse rope. In the end, he hung himself. A one paragraph note to the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops and leaked to VOL said only that Robinson was divorcing his partner. “As you can imagine, this is a difficult time for us -- not a decision entered into lightly or without much counseling. I'm sure that you will understand the private nature of this change in our lives and our commitment to keeping those details appropriately private.”

He asked for prayers. But prayer for what exactly. It is unclear. Reconciliation perhaps? Unlikely it would seem. Prayer that both men can move beyond this and take up with new partners without promoting outright scandal? What about a prayer for his repentance and amendment of life!

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