El Jay is right. There is no requirement that Episcopalian clergy be celibate. However, this decision will probably split the church. One wonders how damaging that will be.
If one is neither an Episcopalian, nor interested in following scripture, I'm not sure why this would even be an issue. It's not a matter of public policy. It's strictly an internal matter. Episcopalians should be free to argue from their own teachings about the morality of this decision without concerning themselves with what non-Episcopalians think. Similarly, why go to Jerry Falwell for commentary? He's not an Episcopalian. Why not go to some of the Episcopalian leaders who have been voicing opposition to this for years? (Perhaps because it's not as sensational as getting a figure like Falwell who probably enjoys the attention and will evoke strong feelings in the viewers.)
And I will wager that many people who think that "being gay" is okay so long as they don't have sex with people of the same gender would NOT make the same argument about heterosexuals.
Actually, I would, if one is a Catholic priest and therefore required to be celibate, then according to the vows he took, his sexuality is off the table, so to speak. The same holds true for any protestant clergy who are unmarried. The same holds true for any Christian serious about following the teaching of scripture. But then, if one isn't a Christian, it shouldn't matter.
Edited by Drew, 06 August 2003 - 09:56 AM.