Sir, If ‘sinful behaviours’ in general, as well as sexual immorality, disinherit us from the Kingdom of God, then heaven is likely to be sparsely populated.
Jesus told his disciples, in anticipation of his death, that he had more to say to them than they were then ready to receive and promised that the Holy Spirit would guide them into all Truth. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that there has been movement since his day in matters of faith, as well as progress in science.
Nevertheless, as Vicar of Christ, Pope Francis felt compelled to go beyond Exodus 21, which authorises the death penalty, to repudiate a life sentence too, as being effectively a hidden death sentence (“But I say unto you...”). Should he be castigated, therefore, along with our present General Synod and House of Bishops, which have authorised discussion of same-sex unions?
Nobody has suggested revising the hard-won conclusions of Chalcedon and Nicea.
The pressure today for the Church to accept same-sex couples, much as it accommodated polygamy in Africa, comes not so much from on high but more from grassroots’ experience of stable, loving, monogamous unions, that are not dissimilar to marriage.
Does anyone deserve to be sentenced to death for simply asking whether all those faithful couples should be ‘put asunder’?
Broadwell, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos.