Christians should pray for Prince George, the elder son of Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge respectively, to be gay, according to a senior Anglican minister. According to him, it's "the fastest way" to get the Church of England to support same-sex marriage. But the comments are coming under fire from the Queen's own chaplain.
The blog post comes from the clergyman in the Scottish Episcopal Church, a sister-church to the Church of England. According to The Times, the Very Rev. Kelvin Holdsworth, who runs St. Mary's Cathedral in Glasgow, Scotland, wants to see the denomination allow same-sex couples to wed. The "fastest way" for that to happen, however, is if a high profile royal was to come out of the closet.
The Scottish Episcopal Church allows for same-sex marriage as of June, but the Church of England has not made the leap.
Holdsworth is an out gay minister who campaigned heavily for the Scottish Episcopal Church to allow same-sex marriage.
"A royal wedding might sort things out remarkably easily though we might have to wait 25 years for that to happen," Holdsworth wrote in a blog post. "Who knows whether that might be sooner than things might work out by other means?"
He said that he hoped the young boy would "be blessed one day with the love of a fine young gentleman."
A former chaplain to the Queen called the blog post “unkind” and “profoundly un-Christian.”
“If you’re going to pray for Prince George, pray for him to be happy . . . and pray for him to discharge his duty as prince, to be married and have children,” the Right Rev Gavin Ashenden told The Times. “It is not a kind prayer. It is not a blessing, it’s more like a curse from a fairytale. I would say it’s profoundly un-Christian.”
Dr. Alan Wilson, liberal Bishop of Buckingham, supports same-sex marriage in the church. He told The Times that were there to be an LGBT member of the royal family who wanted to marry, it would present "an interesting conundrum" for the church.