Tuesday, 8 April 2014
Keys of the Kingdom
It struck me whilst out walking the other day that there is a tragic irony in the description of the legal provisions protecting the Church of England and the Church of Wales from same-sex marriage as the "quadruple lock". It does sound rather like a chastity belt, in which case church and state must be undergoing a peculiar time in their relationship. But worse than that, I was reminded of the Gospel story (in Matthew) of Saint Peter, traditionally considered (a little absurdly) to have been the first bishop, being given "the keys to the kingdom". My reading of Jesus's ministry is that he would only have given the keys of the kingdom to someone who wanted to unlock the gates, and bar no one. The Church of England hierarchy has negotiated the closing of the gates, and thrown away the key. There may be hell to pay.