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GAFCON’s communiqué; and the Johnson diaries

01 November 2013


From Mr Malcolm Halliday
Sir, - Reading carefully "The Nairobi Communiqué" issued by GAFCON II, which was published a couple of days before the Last Sunday after Trinity, I wonder how those who drafted it and those who voted for it can square the tone and sentiments with Jesus's very clear teaching set out in the Gospel reading for that Sunday from in Luke 18.9-14, the Pharisee and the tax-collector.

Is it not significant that Jesus chose his disciples from people on the margins, and not from the religious leadership of the day, who were full of judgement of others and of their own importance, and based their views on law rather than grace?

8 Malham Court, Silsden
Keighley BD20 0QB

From Miss Joy Dawson
Sir, - On 15 October, The Daily Telegraph printed a quote from the student magazine The Tab in which the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Williams says the Church of England's attitude to gay people has at times been appallingly violent.

By coincidence, you printed a fine review of a most courageous book Diary of a Gay Priest (Books, 18 October). When I first read this book, if I had not been so angry, and ashamed of some of the events related there, I would have wept over nearly every page.

Once and for all, can we not all agree that we are, by sex, gender, and temperament, as we are born; in the past few years, there have been medical papers published on this point. We are instructed in the Gospel to love our neighbour (not instructed necessarily to like), and it is high time that we were reminded of this command.

Finally, who on earth would choose to be gay, when truthfulness can cause hate and even violence?

Perhaps I should add that I am a "spinster of this parish" in my eighties, and can never forget the care that I have received from many gay priests over those years.

5 Palfrey Road
Bournemouth BH10 6DL

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