Yesterday was to have been the trial of United Methodist Church minister Dr. Thomas Ogletree for breaking church law when he performed the marriage of his son to another man.
The Rev Dr. Ogletree might be considered by some to have the proper qualifications to perform a marriage ceremony.
Before retiring, Dr. Ogletree, 79, was dean of both the Yale Divinity School and Drew Theological Seminary. He is currently professor Emeritus of Theological Ethics at Yale. From 1978-81 he was director of graduate studies in religion at Vanderbilt University. He’s the author of such books as The Use of the Bible in Christian Ethics and Hospitality to the Stranger: Dimensions of Moral Understanding. Since 1980, he has served on the editorial board of The Journal of Religious Ethics.
Phew! Life well lived, dude.
So, he was prepared to go to trial when all of a sudden, it was over.
Yesterday morning, all charges were dropped by the bishop, and ….
And he didn’t just drop them, either. He turned them into a huge brass bell he used to ring what will likely be remembered as the death knell of the anti-gay policy of the largest mainline Christian denomination in the world.
From this day forward United Methodist Church will not discipline their ministers for performing gay marriages.
Whoa. While you gotta admit that it took a cattle prod in their overalls to do it, they finally did it.
And then, because yesterday must have been Gay Day, the Pope – you heard me right – the damn Pope, is saying that maybe we shouldn’t be so hard on gay people in love.
Pope Francis has suggested that the Vatican could support gay civil unions in the future, according to one of the church’s most senior cardinals.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan said that the pontiff wants the Catholic Church to study same-sex unions, ‘rather than condemn them’.
So, all we have holding out is Texas, two ole boys over at the Texaco station who have their mouths filled with chewing tobacco, ignorant old people, and the Tea Party. Okay, so the last two are the same. That just leaves three.
Thanks to Johnnie for the heads up.