Australia’s Archbishop John Bathersbury bluntly informed a church in St. Mary’s South Brisbane Parish it would be closed down if it didn’t cease being so friendly to gays and lesbian people. Bishop Power of Brisbane says, “at times there are a lot of people who can be disillusioned, and it is good if there is a place where they can feel at home.” Most who come to the parish have been excluded from their own churches. Bishop Power of Brisbane expressed a sympathetic view of the situation. “I would have a lot of sympathy for a parish which is reaching out to gay people.”
We are living in the 21st century and churches still are debating an issue which by the end of this century will be regarded as something that all people accept as natural.