Back in 2003, when the ordination of Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire was still being considered, the Bishop of Guildford was interviewed on Channel 4 news about the likely impact this would have on the Anglican Communion.
Interviewer: ‘Either a practising homosexual is to be appointed as a bishop or he is not. Which way should it go?’
Bishop (John Gladwin): ‘Well, that’s just exactly the sort of way not to approach this problem and this issue. If this move is something which is good to the Holy Spirit ... um ... and to the people of God, it will flourish. If it isn’t then time will wither it upon the vine. So I think we need to exercise a little bit of patience and to allow some space to see whether a development like this is going to be wholesome to the Church or otherwise.”
And now we know.
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