Editorial: Homosexuality and church leaders

Church should be a place where people learn what is right from wrong and are encouraged to make good choices.

A United Methodist Church in the Denver area is struggling with choosing the right path for their leadership.

Bishop Karen Oliveto has a civil marriage to another woman that violates church law that bars clergy who are “self-avowed practicing homosexuals,” according to the Methodist Judicial Council. Oliveto, the first openly lesbian bishop in the United Methodist Church, is subject to a disciplinary review that could lead to her removal, the top church court ruled. The decision over whether she can remain must come from a separate disciplinary process.

Oliveto was elected last year to lead a Denver-area church region that is part of the Methodist Western Jurisdiction, which has rejected the denomination’s position that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.”

Oliveto’s election was immediately challenged within the Oklahoma-based South Central Jurisdiction.

There are about 12.8 million members of the Methodist denomination in the nation. The leadership is working to come up with their answer on how the denomination will deal the issue of homosexuals as clergy. Bishops have violated church policy and Biblical doctrine by performing homosexual marriages. Clergy members have openly declared that they are homosexuals even though they could be defrocked.

Evangelical Methodists are pushing to enforce long-standing Methodist that upheld the church’s stand on homosexual relationships since 1972, even as other mainline Protestant groups, including the Episcopal Church and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), have approved homosexual marriage.

Homosexuality is clearly condemned in the Bible and it should not be sanctioned by anyone, much less churches and clergy.