Tea and bikkies with the Bishop of Meath

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Tea and biscuits

It’s not enough. And it’s too much.

The Bishop of Meath publishes photos from a meeting of the select committee on human sexuality in the context of Christian belief. It immediately irritates, but it takes a while for the reasons to crystallise. It’s amidst the altogether warmer and less judgemental exclusion of an Orthodox Epiphany liturgy that it comes to me.

It’s not enough. It’s not enough because the power dynamic is so skewed. It’s not enough because for all your no doubt gracious hospitality – the tea and bikkies, the dog steaming by the Aga, the conviviality of it all – you have not disowned the abusive “therapy” for LGBT people that the Evangelical Alliance, on whose board you sat until your heralded election last year, continues to advocate. It’s not enough because too many young people kill themselves because of the attitudes that the institution you represent continues…

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