LOVE by name, bigot by nature: meet Bishop William Love of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany, who believes both his denomination and overall Western society ‘have been hijacked by the gay rights agenda’ and that pro-LGBT Episcopalians have come to believe a lie that has been planted in the Church by Satan who ‘is having a heyday bringing division.‘
Love’s rant was published by the Christian Post last year after the Episcopal Church’s General Convention approved a measure last July that expanded the right for same-sex couples to marry in all dioceses, even ones where local bishops theologically object.
Love’s reaction: Not on my damn turf.
This led to a disciplinary hearing conducted by a panel of church bigwigs who, according to this CP update, unanimously concluded that Love was guilty of violating canon law.
Love had refused to allow for the enforcement of Resolution B012, a measure passed in 2018 requiring that all Episcopal dioceses allow for the blessing of same-sex unions.
He said at the time:
Sexual relations between two men or two women was never part of God’s plan and is a distortion of His design in creation and as such is to be avoided. To engage in sexual intimacy outside of marriage between a man and women, is against God’s will and therefore sinful and needs to be repented of, NOT encouraged or told it is OK.
The panel concluded:
Depriving same sex couples of access to matrimony materially and substantially impacts their spiritual, emotional and physical well-being as people of God. The expression of love changes dramatically when it is recognized, welcomed and witnessed. The loss of a public ceremony impacts the couple, the family and friends and the community.
In a letter sent to his diocese last Monday, Love said he was:
Very disappointed and strongly disagree with the Decision of the Hearing Panel, Unfortunately, given the nature of this case, I have no reason to believe that appealing the Hearing Panel’s Decision would result in any different outcome.
Love went on to note in his letter that an additional hearing will take place “within the month” regarding:
The terms of discipline to be carried out. Whatever the final outcome, it will severely impact not only me and the ministry entrusted to me as Bishop of Albany, but it will also seriously impact the life and ministry of the Diocese.
I continue to pray that somehow God will use all of this for His purposes.