Trainee priests have sparked fury by using gay slang in their service
Cambridge University students have come under fire for labelling God “Gloria”, Jesus “Josie” and the Lord as the “Duchess”.
They tailored the Church of England teachings for a special service to mark lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender month.
The decision has sparked a major row and criticism for “subverting the teaching of Christ.”
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Student priests at Westcott House littered their sermons with gay slang from comedians including Kenneth Williams and Hugh Paddock on BBC radio’s Round the Horne.
A note about the service told the congregation it was an “attempt in queering the liturgy of Evening Prayer, locating the queer with the compass of faith”.
Members of the gay activist group – the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence – have created a version of the Bible in the gay subculture slang of Polari.
Throughout its pages, Jesus is referred to as “she” and the Holy Spirit has been labelled “Fantabulosa Fairy”.
They adapted the Church of England teachings to mark lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender month
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Devout worshippers were left stunned by the nature of the service.
As a former Westcott ordinand, I’m appalled
Reverend Tom Lilley
Reverend Canon Chris Chivers said the type of service had not been approved beforehand and he described it as “hugely regrettable”.
He added: “The service… was completely at variance with the doctrine and teaching of the Church of England.
“People found themselves in a situation they hadn’t expected.”
Worshippers were stunned by the nature of the service
He was forced to give a dressing down to those responsible for the service in front of all at Westcott House.
“Theological colleges are a place where experiments are important and mistakes can be made, because hopefully that means they won’t be made in public ministry," he said.
“But it can’t be a place where we subvert the doctrine and teaching of the church.”
Reverend Tom Lilley hit out about the service on Twitter and said: “This is horrific. As a former Westcott ordinand, I’m appalled.”
Reverend Andrew Symes, executive secretary of the conservative group Anglican Mainstream, said the service “brings the Church into disrepute”.
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