Hidden Lives

Honor Moore writes about her father, Bishop Moore. A bittersweet tale.

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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6 Responses to Hidden Lives

  1. Gelert says:

    That was beautiful – beautifully written and as you say, a bittersweet tale. So much nonsense is made out of nothing; sometimes I get so tired of it. The other night at my evening course one of the people was going on a bit about ‘gay priests and vicars’ and how unnaceptable it was and the man running it (who is a vicar) cut in slightly and said ‘Oh.. I assure you, you will have taken communion from more than one gay vicar, and you will again.’ and I looked at him, and I wondered, as I already had since meeting him. Why does this stuff go on, and will it ever not be so?

  2. Geoff says:

    Why does it go on? I need to bite my tongue here, and just point to the Anglican Church tearing itself apart over a "non-issue", to Pope Benedict talking about "intrinsic disorders", and to Islamists executing gays and women for merely existing. Will it ever not be so? Not in my lifetime.

  3. Geoff says:

    Oh, and GayUganda has a post up at the moment that is another illustration of how narrow the knife-edge can be. I can’t help feeling that it’s all going to end in tears. I hope not, but I fear so.

  4. Gelert says:

    It doesn’t sound too good does it. I feel deeply sorry for both of them. The thing that gets forgotten by these narrow opponents, is that they may say that ‘gay believer’ is an oxymoron, but they ignore the fact that God seems to respond (I know, I know, I’m not asking you to accept) to the gay person the same way as to the straight. I think secretly, its that that annoys them more than anything.

  5. Geoff says:

    Oh, and MadPriest has a blog entry on Bishop Moore, and the comments also make interesting reading. I will not throw stones, much as I’m tempted to.

  6. Gelert says:

    Ohh. So depressing. I love the opening:
    was a man of enormous personal courage, a passionate, articulate, and tireless champion of the poor, the disenfranchised and the most desperately helpless in society. He was all that, but …
    the ‘but’ saying it all. Then the point being his ‘violation of his wedding vows’ – Hmm. you mean ‘he’s gay’ just say so.
    ‘I feel like he has died twice’ – why? He’s the same person now you know this as he was before you knew this. Throw as many stones as you like Geoff – and get me a packet of gravel while you’re at it will you.

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