The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has said the Kirk would be prepared to
appoint an openly gay minister.
Professor Iain Torrace: "Utterly untroubled"
Professor Iain Torrance said he would be "utterly untroubled" by the
appointment of a homosexual as long as they were "disciplined and effective"
in their job.
Prof Torrance's comments, in an interview with the Sunday Times, come as the
Church of England conducts a fierce debate on homosexuality following the
appointment of its first openly gay bishop.
He said: "The General Assembly accepted in 1994 that congregations should not
discriminate against any person on grounds of marital status or sexual
orientation, and it seems to me that is a very positive step.
"In other words, the Church of Scotland is not going to discriminate against
a person who is of homosexual orientation as a minister.
We are utterly untroubled by a person of homosexual orientation who is a
"We are utterly untroubled by a person of homosexual orientation who is a
Prof Torrance added: "What is puzzling in a certain sense is why there should be any
objection to a person who, although of declared homosexual orientation, is
Canon John Jeffrey, who says he is celibate, is due to be ordained as Bishop of Reading in October, despite fierce opposition from some
within the Church of England.