Church of Ireland priest resigns after claiming it is 'homophobic'

    08-Jul-2021   
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Church of Ireland Minister Reverend Andrew Rawding resigned from his post. He claimed that the church is "structurally, culturally and socially homophobic". However, The Church of Ireland declined to comment on Mr Rawding's resignation when contacted by media.
 
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Mr Rawding claimed that the Church of Ireland was "structurally, culturally and socially homophobic".
 
"There are some kind and compassionate individuals, but corporately, at best there is indifference, at worst there is hypocrisy," he said.
 
He also claimed that there was an aggressive and proactive opposition to full inclusion and equality for LGBT+ people, with some people still weaponising Bible verses and using the language of condemnation and rejection.
 
"I have made a public stance in the past as a Church of Ireland rector to send a message to the LGBT+ community that it's OK to be LGBT+ and to be a Christian and to show my full support for same-sex marriages within the Church of Ireland," he said.
 
"Currently, the stance is homophobic and discriminatory," he added.
 
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