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December 14, 2005
December 14, 2005Many signers of the Priest Declaration have been pressured locally
The impact on the media of the so called Priest Declaration was enormous. But several of those who signed the declaration have experienced how it is to end up in the fierce wind of political correctness.
The Declaration a protest He confirms that several of the signers have gotten problems. Some have felt forced to remove their names on the list. Others have experienced that pressure from colleagues and superiors has increased. Of personal reasons some have abstained from signing all together or because of worry for the consequences. Requested to remove their names
He confirms that several of the signers have gotten problems. Some have felt forced to remove their names on the list. Others have experienced that pressure from colleagues and superiors has increased. Of personal reasons some have abstained from signing all together or because of worry for the consequences.
Requested to remove their names
"Those who really have shown their colors are the young, and not the least the about 40 women priests who have signed. In addition I have received more than 1000 emails, many of those from friends and pastors in the traditional free churches."
Yngve Kalin thinks that the list made such an impact due to the fact that it was possible to do good local follow ups.
But even if the news reporting was OK, Yngve Kalin thinks that editorial columns and so called blogs, many times have vulgarized the debate and reduced it to slogans.
"I did not want to believe that the climate of the debate was that bad. I have been called ‘a devil in cassock’, ‘homophobe’ and all insulting words you can think of. Perhaps the most serious incident happened in a radio debate. Olle Burell, the group leader of the Social-Democratic Party of the Church Assembly, alluded to Nazism and Fascism and called the Priest Declaration ‘a black package with brown strings’."
Several of the bishops have said that they elected to give their support (to the decision to bless homosexual partnerships) to encourage stable relations between adults. Yngve Kalin views this as naive.
"Ten or eleven of them do not want to take the next step, i.e. to place same sex relationship on an equal footing with marriage between a man and a woman. That is expected to be the result of the ongoing political process. But it will be enormously difficult in the future to resist and to theologically argue against it, when the line in principle already has been overstepped. This is what I mean by calling it naive."
Article originally published in
Article originally published inDagen December 14, 2005
Translation by Dr Birgitta Peterson.