The United Methodist Church’s top court has ruled that the consecration of an openly gay pastor as bishop is against church law.
But in a somewhat muddled ruling that could reflect the ongoing struggle to determine how great a role LGBTQ members can play in the second largest Protestant denomination in the United States, the court also ruled that the Rev. Karen Oliveto, its first openly gay bishop, “remains in good standing.”
The Judicial Council decision was first reported Friday evening (April 28) by United Methodist News Service.
… the decision reportedly said that while “self-avowal does not nullify the consecration and cause removal from episcopal office,” it is enough to subject the bishop’s office to review.
That means Oliveto remains a bishop in good standing until an administrative or judicial process is finished.