The bishops of the Church of England have recently issued pastoral guidance on gender transition issues. If you are sufficiently deranged, you can read it here: https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2018-12/Pastoral%20Guidance-Affirmation-Baptismal-Faith.pdf
I was astonished that the bishops should waste their time on this when there are so many more important things that they could be doing. I wrote to the diocesan and area bishops to tell them so. The paper mentioned in the first line of my letter is from over 2600 US scientists to the US government pointing out that the science of gender and sexuality is largely ill-understood. To make laws or policies based on this pseudo-science is at best ill-advised and at worst criminal.
you may find this interesting: https://not-binary.org/statement/
Can you enlighten a humble clerk in holy orders as to why gender issues are being allowed to exercise the church and its bishops to the extent that they seem to?
As is pointed out in the paper, there is no clear scientific understanding of sexuality/gender. After 40 years of pastoral experience dealing with young adults and now old adults, I’ve concluded that we apes–all of us–are on a spectrum of bisexuality. Structurally and chromosomally there is much that is not understood. Congenital structural anomalies of the male genitalia are to some degree a reversion to the basic female state. Polycystic ovary disease could be said to be a result of too much testosterone at a certain stage of embryonic development, thus a kind-of intersex condition. I could go on. Psychologically, gender development is largely not understood.
So why are Church of England bishops issuing guidance on an issue that is potentially psychologically harmful–even cruel, largely mysterious, and affects a tiny proportion of the population, while remaining silent on issues of justice that affect all but the corrupt rich? Do the bishops realise how ridiculous they look in the eyes of many outside the über-trendy liberal bubble?
Perhaps, under the influence of rohypnol, they have fallen for the pseudoscientific excesses of decerebrate sandal-wearing basket weavers. Some may even be enjoying their second hippie-period. Or perhaps – I hope this is the explanation – given that there are some similarities with Gulliver’s third voyage, they are enacting a hitherto unpublished script of Jonathan Swift written to bring down the house from the inside. If so, can I have a copy?
Yours in amusement, impotence and, I must add, some despair
On reading my letter, one of my clerical colleagues wrote to me as follows: and I leave you with his profound thoughts.
… But, bless em, [bishops] are only human and social media encourages everyone in the ludicrous belief that not only must they have an opinion on everything but the force with which they express their opinions must be inversely proportional to their level of knowledge on the subject. Why worry, no one, except us nerds, reads what the bishops say anyway. They still cannot face up to the reality that they are a total irrelevance in the lives of the populus. … Ever since the Church lost its ability to perpetuate its Project Fear campaign the pronouncements of bishops have carried less weight than your average “B” list celeb. How soon will it be before a bishop appears on “I’m a celebrity get me out of here”. If tax dodgers can win the contest surely bishops are in with a chance!