Our good friend, Doorman Priest), has recently been told that he will never be ordained by his church even though he has been through all the training. The reason for this ridiculous and cruel decision is that he has occasionally posted stuff on justice issues on his blog and his bishop thinks that rocking the boat is the most horrendous sin a Christian can commit. I do emphasise that Jack is actually the epitome of a diplomat compared to ordained bloggers such Elizabeth Kaeton, Mark Harris and Kelvin Holdsworth and has the reserve of our blessed Queen Elizabeth compared to yours truly.
He has posted on this injustice on his new blog WHY DO WE HAVE TO DO THIS, SIR? and has received a load of supportive comments, many from readers of this blog. Today a comment was sent in by Brother Oswald which I think is extremely insightful and pertinent. I am flagging it up as my quote of the day as it speaks about much more than just Jack's situation.
So: too outspoken to be ordained but not too outspoken to remain in Lay Leadership. That's the sort of double-standard that makes the church a laughingstock. It is patronising, illogical and not at all theological. (Brother Oswald)