The Guardian and other sources are reporting on the election of the Revd Andrew Foreshew-Cain, an openly-married gay vicar, to the General Synod of the Church of England.
Andrew Foreshew-Cain, the vicar of St Mary with All Souls, Kilburn and St James, West Hampstead, said he was “pleased but shocked” at his election in the London section of the nationwide ballot to the church’s governing body. “I wasn’t expecting to get on – I thought the clergy were too conservative to vote for a progressive like me,” he told the Guardian.
His election reflected a hope “for a more inclusive and tolerant church”, he added. “People would not have voted for me if they didn’t want to see the change we represent.” …
Another gay vicar, Bertrand Olivier of All Hallows by the Tower, in the City of London, was also elected after what he described as a “polarising” contest.
“The next five years will be quite important as the Church of England continues to consider how it deals with gay marriage as the rest of the world moves on,” he said.
The Revd Canon Jeremy Pemberton, who took the church to tribunal over his inhibition to perform priestly ministry after his marriage last year, is also hoping for a synod seat; the result of that election will be decided later this week.
Foreshew-Cain was “informally rebuked” by his diocese, but no action has been taken to restrict his ministry.
The Guardian continues,
Andrea Williams of Christian Concern said Foreshew-Cain should not be allowed to take his seat. “Andrew Cain’s ongoing activism should no longer be tolerated. His actions are designed to undermine the church and her teaching on marriage. This result should not be recognised and he should be swiftly removed from church leadership,” she said in a statement.