(CNA).- The Church of England would be close to shutting down if it wasn't for its gay clergy, said the Anglican Communion's first openly gay bishop in an interview with The Times of London.
Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, who lives with his partner, said he finds it "mystifying" that the Church of England is unable to be honest about the number of gay clergy in its ranks.
"If all the gay people stayed away from church on a given Sunday, the Church of England would be close to shut-down between its organists, its clergy, its wardens it just seems less than humble not to admit that," he was quoted as saying.
He said many clergy live with gay partners, with the full knowledge of their bishops. But their bishops warn against their relationships becoming public....
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