Homosexuality

  • 25 Feb 2013

    As the Bill to allow same-sex marriage makes its way through the UK Parliament, BBC religion commentator and broadcaster Ernie Rea and guests on the Radio 4 'Beyond Belief' programme (4.30pm, Monday 25 February 2013) will be discuss whether homosexuality is compatible with Islam, and related questions.

  • 20 Feb 2013

    Cardinal Peter Turkson may have badly damaged his prospects of becoming pope by suggesting that child sexual abuse is not a major problem in churches in Africa because homosexuality is looked on negatively. The remark is not only offensive but also reveals a dangerous ignorance that may undermine attempts to protect children.

  • 9 Jan 2013

    Archbishop Stanley Ntagali of Uganda has condemned the decision by Church of England bishops to allow celibate clergy in civil partnerships to be bishops, claiming this violated biblical faith and Anglican agreements.

  • 6 Jan 2013

    The Church of England issued a statement on 4 January confirming gay priests can be appointed bishops if they live in accordance with the Church's teaching on sexuality.

  • 24 Dec 2012

    While Christians should indeed examine social and cultural changes critically, the fearfulness of the Pope about shifting attitudes to gender and sexual orientation seems excessive, says Savitri Hensman. Christmas should be a time of celebration in response to God’s generous love, through which barriers are broken down and humanity’s potential fulfilled.

  • 27 Oct 2012
  • 16 Jan 2012

    Anglican Archbishop Henry Orombi, who will be leaving office this year, has received both praise and criticism within the worldwide church and beyond.

  • 10 Dec 2011

    An emotionally and sexually intimate partnership is, for many people, a school of love, writes Savitri Hensman. This is not as romantic as it might sound: fearfulness, selfishness, rivalry and other negative traits may surface, and hard work may be needed to overcome these. Yet this can be a path to spiritual growth, which may manifest itself in small ways or through acts of heroic altruism. Such relationships, whether between opposite-sex or same-sex partners, can help to bring forth good fruit.

  • 25 Oct 2011

    Understanding more about human sexuality and relationships can be helpful to heterosexual as well as LGBT people, says Savi Hensman. Prayerful reflection, study and discussion will not create instant consensus, but can at least help those with different perspectives to understand one another better, and the church to move forward in its mission and ministry.

  • 3 Oct 2011

    As some Nigerian politicians try again to push through legislation to further criminalise LGBT people and their friends, it is all the more important for those not caught up in a surge of mass hostility, including overseas well-wishers, to try to ensure that human rights are protected, and the dignity of all respected, says Savi Hensman.