On the Pastoral Letter of the Council of Bishops following Judicial Council Decision No. 1032 [July 21, 2006 {0521}; An e-Review Florida UMNS Commentary by Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker]



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that can be attributed to the Creator. However, we must remember that there are many genetic illnesses and they are not God’s plan. They are injuries that thwart God’s good will for all the creation. 7. Is it not then the responsibility of Christians, to A. Have compassion toward the “Trapped” ones; B. To be supportive of those who testify that they have found freedom; and C. To join them in proclaiming liberation to these captives? In short to continue affirming that homosexual persons are precious in the sight of God. That we should defend their civil rights. That while these practices are incompatible with Christian teaching, the people are to be welcome to the ministry of the church, especially the healing Sacrament of Holy Communion, and treated with respect.

Walter Edwards
Clergy, Retired, Member of Florida Annual Conference




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