Presbyterian Church extends ban on gay ministry

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) has extended it's ban on non-celibate gays and lesbians in the ministry.

The Permanent Judicial Commission of the church's General Assembly, the highest court of the Louisville-based denomination, ruled last week in a Texas case that gays and lesbians cannot seek to become candidates for the ministry.

The Texas case involved a woman who was accepted in 2005 as a candidate for ministry - a formal step toward ordination - by the Mission Presbytery, a local governing body in Texas.

The presbytery approved her candidacy, even though its moderator told members the candidate was a lesbian living in a committed, same-sex relationship.

Presbyterian church law allows for the ordination of only those who are in a faithful, heterosexual marriage or who are single and living in chastity.

The woman withdrew her candidacy, but the ruling clarified the church's law on the issue, the commission said.

Information from: The Courier-Journal,

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  • by Joe Location: Stanton, KY on May 14, 2007 at 12:49 PM
    I think all the churches should ban all unnatural sex acts not just the gay ones. Like birth control, anal sex,and oral sex! I also think they should follow the whole bible not just part of it. They are more sins other than being gay. No matter who you are you can't stand in a room by yourself and get away from sin. WE ARE ALL SINNERS!!! NOT JUST THE GAY PEOPLE!!! Look at your sins before you try you judge anyone! Remember GOD is the only judge.God gave us all free will.People can't over ride GODS wishes and try and take away someone's free will. Unless they are causing you and your loved ones harm just leave them alone.
  • by Fed Up Location: Richmond on May 14, 2007 at 12:40 PM
    It has always been my understanding that churches are not supposed to judge. However, denying homosexuals equal rights within the congregation, CLEARLY, indicates JUDGEMENT.
  • by Leona Dykes Location: London on May 14, 2007 at 12:06 PM
    Good for you
  • by Anonymous on May 14, 2007 at 11:21 AM
    It's nice to see that some denominations are more interested in Biblical teachings than in political correctness.
  • by concerned Location: Red River Gorge on May 14, 2007 at 10:25 AM
    Good for the louisville court. I think it is very WRONG to give same sex couples benefits of any kind that is suppose to be ment for people that are in a relationship with the opposite sex. It is ment for man and woman to be together and that is what the bible states. The government shouldn't be able to change that!
  • by Voice of Reason Location: Lexington on May 14, 2007 at 10:13 AM
    ...but I'll bet they have no problem taking their money in the collection plate!


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