Religion: Knocking Monogamy

A gay Episcopal priest faces disciplinary action

It took two years of screening before New Jersey's controversial Bishop John Spong approved J. Robert Williams, 34, as the first Episcopal man to be ordained a priest while openly living in a gay relationship. It took six weeks for the bishop to decide the ordination was a big mistake. Williams has now been forced out of his job at a gay ministry while the diocese investigates whether he misrepresented his moral beliefs.

Williams' downfall resulted from his remarks at a Detroit symposium on gay marriages: "Monogamy is as unnatural as celibacy. If people want to try, O.K., but the fact...

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