Openly gay, closeted alcoholic bishop
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Tammy Bruce reports that the Episcopal Church thought they were getting an openly gay bishop. What they didn`t know was that Gene Robinson was a closeted alcoholic.
The Bishop is getting treatment for alcoholism. He says he has been dealing with alcoholism for years.
The Episcopal Church is the U.S. province of the 77 million-member Anglican Communion.
You may know that Robinson is the first openly gay bishop. But guess what. The first woman to lead an Episcopal congregation in Illinois also needed alcohol treatment and blamed it on being a "first".
There is a particular kind of stress people are under when they are the first. Being a clergy person is a stressful job - and any disease process latent in our bodies is going to be exacerbated when an extra level of scrutiny is added on."
Ohhhh the excuses, the pressure, the stress - hey if you cant cope with being a church minister, have gay sex and get pissed. I'm sure that's just what Jesus would have done.What is it with these Episcopal minsters?
He should resign. If he was a teacher he`d lose his job. There's nothing wrong by admitting his alcoholism, but keeping his addiction secret for years while attempting to be a bishop is just nutty. That's why he's not fit to be a bishop. Many have already said he is not fit to lead a church due to his sexual activities.
Robinson, got married in 1972, was ordained in 1973, and elected bishop in 2003. In between he left his wife for his current partner and became an alcoholic. I wonder what his advice was for people coming to him with their own problems of alcohol abuse.
Do you think parishoners will be happy footing the bill for his treatment? This is apparently covered through the churches medical insurance. He is in rehab until the end of the month and, as one blog commenter put it"POOF" hes back in the saddle.
Anyway, its pleasing to know his flock is standing behind him".There is, of course, a standing joke among Episcopalians, that wherever three or four are gathered together there you will find a fifth, (and it is our good friend Jack Daniels).
Some have said he sould be fired. Under the church's law, a bishop can be removed only for criminal or gross immoral conduct. I wonder what sort of things would be clased as gross immoral miscounduct.