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UMC rules gay bishop violates church teaching, but remains in good standing

UMC rules gay bishop violates church teaching, but remains in good standing

RNS reports:

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.

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Father Mike Waverly-Shank

This is interesting. Actually it is already happening. About 6 years ago I officiated a funeral assisted by a lesbian UMC pastor whose partner was present. Also a few years ago the UMC district had a conference on gay couples (ordained) living in the Parsonage. Sounds like this decision is coming way after the fact!

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Paul Woodrum

Their Anglican roots are showing. Better to muddle through than risk clarity.

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