It is one thing for a television personality to openly proclaim her homosexuality; it is another for a priest to do the same. As homosexuals are increasingly gaining acceptance by secular society, organized religions face the options: accept, ignore, or condemn. When Barry Stopfel forced the Episcopal Church to decide, "ignore" was no longer an option. Under the polished writing of Will Leckie, Stopfel cuts a compelling figure, and as a catalyst in the Episcopal struggle, we see the dual story of a man's love for his Christian church and his church's difficulty with Christ-like reciprocation.
From Library Journal
Homosexuality and the position of various Christian denominations regarding it has been a source of controversy for several decades. Together with partner Stopfel, the rector of St. George's Episcopal Church in Maplewood, New Jersey, actor and author Leckie has written a moving account of their heroic struggle to see Stopfel through to ordination in the Episcopal Church. An openly gay man, Stopfel was ordained in 1995 by a bishop who was subsequently brought to a church trial in preparation for charging him with heresy. The bishop was absolved by the church court, and Stopfel is today a working pastor. The authors offer a moving story, engagingly written from the perspective of passionate commitment to homosexual rights. Recommended for all academic and larger public libraries; for a sensitive account from a different perspective, see Thomas Schmidt's Straight & Narrow? (Intervarsity, 1995).-?Charles V. Cowling, SUNY at Brockport Lib.
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