Religion: Homosexuality and the Clergy

A Presbyterian task force proposes a policy of toleration

Over 20 centuries, all branches of Christianity barred openly committed homosexuals from the clergy and from lay offices. Virtually all major U.S. churches still do. But the increasingly organized and vocal campaign by homosexuals to be treated just like everyone else poses particular problems for Christian churches. Their creed commands brotherhood and forgiveness, but it also obliges them to defend specific standards of conduct based on the Bible.

This week an official task force designated to study the problem is proposing that the 2.6 million-member United Presbyterian Church become the first denomination to adopt...

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