Article Title:Kim Hill grills Auckland bishop over gays
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or News Staff
Published on:14th November 2003 - 12:00 pm
Story ID:2112
Text:Kim Hill last night on TV1's Face To Face challenged the Anglican Dean of Auckland, Bishop Richard Randerson, to justify his acceptance of a "sexual practice that is condemned as an abomination throughout the Bible." In a discussion which covered the ordination of gay US bishop Gene Robinson, as well as the Anglican Church's continuing debate over homosexuality, Bishop Randerson denied Hill's assertions that Robinson's ordination was forcing the Church to defy scripture. Bishop Randerson said that homosexuality was only referred to in a “handful of texts” that are hotly debated by scholars, and that human sexuality was not understood 3,000 years ago as it is today. Hill was unconvinced that the furore over gay clergy could be compared with the controversy surrounding the ordination of women, as the female clergy issue did not involve a “sexual practice”, despite Bishop Randerson pointing out that protests to both issues were Biblically motivated. References to Dr Robert Spitzer's distorted study of “ex-gays” were also made, with Bishop Randerson saying he believed that all 200 study subjects were bisexual, hence explaining their claim of change. Hill accused Gene Robinson of being selfish in “pushing the envelope” and thinking he was bigger than the Church, which Bishop Randerson also denied. “He will be elected not because he's gay, he will be elected because people after very careful scrutiny have decided that he has the spiritual and pastoral qualities that the want,” said Bishop Randerson.    
Disclaimer:This page displays a version of the article with all formatting and images removed. It was harvested automatically and some text content may not have been fully captured correctly: access this content at your own risk. A copy of the full article is available (off-line) at the Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand. This online version is provided for personal research and review and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of If you have queries or concerns about this article please email us
Reproduction note:Just before closed in May 2017, the website owners wrote this article about reproducing content from the website: "our work has always been available for glbti people to use and all we ask is that you not plagiarise it... if you use it anywhere please attribute it to and where there is an authors name attached please acknowledge that writer."