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Church of England Ready To Aproove Celibate Gay bishops

The Church of Engalnd says homosexual clergy in civil partnerships can become bishops, but they have to remain celibate.

BBC reports:

The Church of England is expected to confirm that openly gay clergy can be made bishops, if they are celibate.

Legal advice is due to be published as early as Monday saying homosexual clergy in civil partnerships can become bishops.

The move is in response to the Equality Act, which protects from discrimination on the grounds of sexuality.

But it risks deepening divisions over gay clergy, which threaten to split the Anglican Communion worldwide..

The Guardian UK adds:

The Church of England is set to approve the appointment of openly gay bishops, providing that they are celibate.

In an attempt to clarify its policy following years of controversy and debate, the church is to publish its legal advice on the issue on Monday.

The document, Choosing Bishops ? The Equality Act 2010, summarises points which those involved in the nomination process “need to keep in mind” when considering candidates in order to avoid breaking the law. It reiterates there is no bar to the promotion of gay clergy to a bishopric as long as they are not sexually active and never have been during their time in the priesthood.

However, the document says a selection committee could veto a gay candidate if “the appointment of the candidate would cause division and disunity within the diocese in question”.

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