“Incompatible with christian teaching”

In the Methodist Church in the U.S., the dispute over the allowance of same-sex pastors and bishops has escalated. She says the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.

According to the Methodist Information Service on Friday (local time), the Supreme Church Court has rejected the bishop election of the married lesbian pastor Karen Oliveto from Denver in the US state of Colorado. It violated church law to "ordain a practicing homosexual bishop," court ruled.

First openly lesbian clergywoman to become bishop

Oliveto became the first openly lesbian clergywoman to be consecrated bishop last July. She is in charge of the "Mountain Sky" district in the western U.S. The district includes 400 parishes in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. The church court did not deprive Oliveto of the episcopate. A commission will discuss her future, the Denver Post newspaper reported. Oliveto could be suspended from ministry.

Methodists on homosexuality

The Methodist Church, which has about 12 million members worldwide – seven million of them in the U.S. – has wrestled for years with internal church differences on homosexuality. According to church rules, "the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching".

Some members and pastors have opposed the rule. In 2016, the church's General Assembly convened a special commission to examine all church regulations on human sexuality. Methodism began in the 18. Century in England as a revival movement. It emphasizes "binding faith" and social commitment. In the U.S., the Methodist Church is the second largest Protestant church after the Southern Baptist Association.

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