Bishops, priests, deacons, and layfolk – it breaks my heart to be here. . . .
I am Earle Fox, a priest canonically resident in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. I thank the Diocese of New Hampshire and you all here for your courtesy in listening to those who object to the coming consecration. As with many, I believe that reason is a fundamental aspect of Biblical religion, and especially of the Anglican Way.
Whatever else homosexuality may be, it is at least a behavior. We are forbidden to judge persons, and yet required to judge behavior. It would thus be reasonable to inquire into the nature of such behavior for which approval is sought.
Research on homosexual behavior appears to be in substantial agreement from both sides of the fence, and gives a ballpark picture for persons active in the homosexual lifestyle – though new research is both welcome and necessary.
For males, around 99% engage in oral sex. Approximately 91% engage in anal sex. 82% engage in “rimming,” touching the anus of one’s partner with one’s tongue and inserting the tongue into the anus. 22% engage in “fisting,” inserting one’s fist into the rectum of the partner. 23% engage in “golden showers,” urinating on each other. 4% engage in “scat,” the eating of feces, and in “mud rolling,” rolling on the floor where feces have been deposited.
The physical and spiritual health consequences of such behavior are devastating. There are 6000+ images of a loving God in this arena. Both reason and love would tell us that persons made in that loving image could not rightly engage in, bless, or consecrate such self-destructive behavior.
Thank you, again, for, in a very difficult situation, listening.