Religion: Homosexuality As Sin

A vote against gay clergy

During his senior year at New York City's Union Theological Seminary, William Silver "came to the point at which I could say openly that I was gay. I told almost everyone." Among those he told were members of Central Presbyterian Church, a Park Avenue parish that found his homosexuality no reason not to "call" Silver as its assistant pastor.

But the Presbytery of New York City, which must approve ordinations of new clergy, was not so sure. Two years ago, it asked the 2.6 million-member United Presbyterian Church for "definitive guidance" on ordaining homosexuals. That led in turn...

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