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Friday, 6 December 2013

Uncomfortable and unwelcome!

The Archbishop of Wales Dr Barry Morgan has attracted the admiration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community for his enthusiastic support of their cause. See here and here. A patron of Changing Attitude, when Government proposals for same-sex marriage were being debated he expressed his concern about the welfare of gay people whom he "feared could feel uncomfortable and unwelcome in churches". He said "Christians need to show how the Gospel of Jesus is good news for gay people". Actually the Gospel of Jesus is good news for all people. Gays have no need of a 'marriage' ceremony to prove the point.

The Archbishop has gone out of his way to ensure that this at least is one charge which cannot be leveled against him. A keen supporter of the Cardiff Mardi Gras earlier this year, he will be joining lesbian and gay Christians for a carol service tomorrow, Saturday 7 December, organised by the South Wales Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM).

Within his own diocese the Archbishop is surrounded by members of the LGBT community so one has to wonder why the South Wales LGCM need to gather together for an exclusive carol service. If the body is to be separated why not a service for the disaffected in Llandaff Cathedral followed by a show of hands indicating how uncomfortable and unwelcome they feel under current management?

From a provincial press release here:

Janet Jeffries, spokesperson for LGCM, said, “We are very honoured that the Archbishop has agreed to attend our Christmas Carols at what must be a very busy time of year for him.  We very much appreciate the support he has shown to the lesbian and gay community, both at this event and by opening the Cardiff Mardi Gras earlier this year.”

Archbishop Barry said, “I am delighted to support this carol service. Christmas is a time when we remember that God made all people in his own image and loves us all. Christ was born in a stable to parents who were refugees and he spent his life with those on the fringes of society or who were victimised because of what they were, and challenging those in authority. I think this is still a relevant message for today.”

Ms Jeffries is right. It is a busy time of year for the Archbishop but for all the wrong reasons. Unable to find a new Dean with his Cathedral deep in debt and morale at rock bottom, he spends a disproportionate amount of time satisfying the demands of the queer community - I use the word advisedly since I am reliably informed that in today's lingo, gay means rubbish. But what I find most intriguing is the Archbishop's reference to "challenging those in authority". He says  "I think this is still a relevant message for today."

Reading the many comments following recent blog entries it is clear that the Archbishop needs to heed his own advice.


  1. He's known locally as the Arch hypocrite for good reason Ancient Briton.

  2. Sad, sad, sad - as Archbishop he's supposed to defend the faith not demolish it.

  3. It is fair comment Ancient Briton to say that same sex sexual relationship between married individuals of the same sex does not constitute adultery in divorce proceedings. Not surprising that when a married cleric stray's with another of the same sex there is no mention of disciplinary proceedings, particularly in Wales where they 'Continue as we please'. They are more likely to be praised for being courageous instead.

    1. Indeed. Not forgetting the gross importune behaviour and conviction of an infamous camp archdeacon.

  4. "But what I find most intriguing is the Archbishop's reference to 'challenging those in authority'."

    Well, in that, the Archbishop is certainly correct. As archbishop and primate of the Church in Wales, he is the authority, and his false teaching definitely needs to be challenged.

    1. Thank you for you comment TJ. I was sad to read your bio. You have my admiration.