Church of Scotland Makes a Clear Statement

This should be my last missive on Scott Rennie for a while.  One point to note about the decision by the General Assembly of the Church of Scottish to affirm to appointment of Scott Rennie to Queen’s Gate Church in Aberdeenshire is that the CoS has *not* approved the ordination of openly gay ministers.  Rennie, for two years at least, will be the only such minister, and a moratorium on debate has been declared.

Meanwhile, the Church and Society Council of the CoS has called upon Kenny Macaskill, Justice Secretary with the Scottish Executive, to approve the release of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the only individual convicted in connexion with the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988 which killed 270 people. Al-Megrahi is in the end-stages of prostate cancer, and the CaSC believes that he should be released on compassionate grounds.

My view, which would be unaffected had I not then been living beneath a flight path which may have included Flight 103 had the bomb detonated half an hour later, is that he should remain to be treated with compassion and the best health care in the Scottish prison system.

On the one hand, there is the CoS declaring a moratorium on discussing the appointment of ministers in stable, loving relationships. On the other hand, it is endorsing the release of the only individual deemed responsible for the greatest single act of mass-murder on British soil, so that he can die with his family: a courtesy which, admittedly, was offered to a large number of families when Flight 103 was blown out of the sky.

No doubt the CoS believes it is offering Christian love to all, but there comes a point when the such need to be seen to opposing violence or “vengeance” becomes simply the sin of pride.

Still, at least it is not calling for nine year old rape victims to be required to carry twins to full term.


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