Integrity Applauds Inclusion of Gay Candidate in List of Nominees, Newark
- INTEGRITY APPLAUDS INCLUSION OF GAY CANDIDATE IN LIST OF NOMINEES FOR
BISHOP OF NEWARK.
June 28, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Integrity applauds the Diocese of Newark for offering a stellar slate
of qualified candidates to replace retiring Bishop John Croneberger --
and is delighted that the list includes the Reverend Michael Barlowe,
an openly gay priest who has been in a partnered relationship for 24
years. Today's list, released less than a week after the Episcopal
Church passed a resolution calling for "restraint" in the election of
any bishop "whose manner of life" presents a "challenge" to the
greater communion is received by Integrity as a tremendous sign of
hope for the Episcopal Church and for its commitment to the full
inclusion of LGBT people in the Body of Christ.
"The resolution passed on the final day of our General Convention
contained veiled language calling for the discrimination against gays
and lesbians in this church," said Integrity President, the Reverend
Susan Russell. "We are very pleased that the Diocese of Newark has
declined to be bullied into bigotry."
"We recognize that had the language in question been in place prior to
the election of our Presiding Bishop-elect Katharine Jefferts Schori
we might not be preparing to celebrate the gift of the first female
Primate to the Anglican Communion," Russell continued. "Our prayers
will be with the Diocese of Newark, that they may be given the same
faithful courage in electing their next diocesan bishop as the
Episcopal Church was given in electing our next Presiding Bishop."