Father Peter Kennedy of St Mary’s in South Brisbane, Australia had the audacity to allow women to preach, to bless gay couples, and deny the Virgin birth of Jesus.
“In his decree, the archbishop said Father Kennedy had “caused harm to ecclesiastical communion in spite of frequent requests from me to do otherwise”. And in a statement he said: “This decision brings me no satisfaction as division within the Church is contrary to all that Christ taught.”
I can’t see anything he’s doing as going against any of the words attributed to Jesus. That Paul guy seemed to be a bit of a homophobe, though. And I’m not sure how anyone can “harm” communion. Perhaps he served Ritz crackers instead of the wafers.
“The church establishment has tired of Father Kennedy’s questioning of the “single truths” of Catholicism. He airs conundrums of the faith that many followers wrestle with in private, describes the Virgin birth as “nonsense” and believes there should be a Vatican III to address doctrine for the 21st century.”
Well, good for him. I, of course, think they should leave the whole thing all together, but this is a good step. I do not respect people that condone bigotry in their church simply because a man in a dress told you to. It took the Haulocaust for the Vatican to take a stand against Jewish bigotry, though, so I’m not so sure they’ll come around on gender and GLBT equality.