The Salisbury dean was wrong to bless a gay pride festival

Aug 29, 2016 by

by Julian Mann, The Conservative Woman:

The decision by the Dean of Salisbury Cathedral, the Very Revd June Osborne, to bless the city’s gay pride parade this summer highlights the crisis of spiritual accountability in the Church of England.

Accountability is crucial in authentic Christian ministry. Public Christian ministers must be held to account if they speak or act against the received biblical teaching of the Church or if they demonstrate a pattern of failure to uphold biblical teaching in teaching and in practice. If accountability does not happen, church members are pastorally damaged and the cause of Christian truth is adversely affected in the wider community.

An accountability vacuum is in fact profoundly unloving to people both inside and outside the visible Church.

In an episcopal denomination such as the Church of England, the Bishop of a diocese has the responsibility under God to hold public ministers to account for their life and teaching.

Two things in relation to the Church of England’s public teaching are noteworthy about Dean Osborne’s action at Salisbury gay pride.

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