Robinson Sees 'A Way Forward': But Gays' Pain Ignored, He Says

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On Oct. 18, the day the Windsor Report was released, Anglicans heard many voices reacting to itfrom those in favor of a church that fully includes homosexual members to those who believe homosexuality is a grave sin.

But a representative of the man at the centre of the controversy--Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire--turned away all requests for interviews, explaining that Bishop Robinson would be reading and reflecting on the report and meeting with members of his diocese.

The report recommended ways Anglican churches worldwide can continue in unity, even as they disagree about matters like liberalizing attitudes toward gay people.

Later, in a telephone interview with Anglican Journal, Bishop Robinson said his initial reaction to the report was different from his feelings later on. "(At first), when I got to the part asking for a moratorium on the election of gay and lesbian folk to the episcopate, it made me feel very sad and somewhat lonely. I'd hoped I wouldn't have to live too much longer as the only 'gay and lesbian' bishop," he said. The report will, he believes, "have a chilling effect on dioceses' ability to elect a gay or lesbian person as bishop."

However, he later met with clergy and lay leaders in the diocese and was "surrounded with love and support about how we are going about being the church in New Hampshire."

He came to feel "very positive" about the report, he said. …

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