Priest says Jesus ‘probably gay’

Lesbian reverend Sharon Ferguson says some gay Christians will be 'disgusted' at suggestion that Jesus was homosexual

Priest says Jesus ‘probably gay’
20 April 2012

An Anglican priest told worshippers that Jesus was probably gay and John the Baptist may have been his lover.

Paul Oestreicher, chaplain at the University of Sussex, England, preached on Good Friday that he believes Christ was 'most likely' gay.

Referencing Jesus's 'special' relationship with apostle John the Baptist, the former canon Emeritus of Coventry Cathedral wrote in the Guardian: 'The homosexual option simply seems the most likely.

'The intimate relationship with the beloved disciple points in that direction. It would be so interpreted in any person today.'

Oestreicher said he felt the need to raise the subject because of how the issues of gender and sexuality are currently dividing the Christian church and says it was 'an act of penitence for the suffering and persecution of homosexual people that still persists in many parts of the church.'

He added that Jesus's sexuality is 'immaterial' and the church would have more followers if it 'embraced' and 'loved' its gay disciples.

However, Sharon Ferguson from the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement criticized Oestreicher, saying his views only aggravate conservative Christians more and makes the situation worse.

‘It winds up totally those people who have issues around sexuality and it’s not actually achieving anything,’ she told Gay Star News.

‘There will also be gay people who will be absolutely disgusted at that insinuation because a lot of people don’t even want to think of Christ in terms of sexuality.’

She added: ‘We don’t have any evidence of Jesus having any sexual relationship with anyone. It’s all supposition.’



No thumbnail available

Adam Lambert slams Les Mis actors for awful singing

US pop star gives scathing review of Les Miserables movie on Twitter, blasting actors for 'pretending' they are singers
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

Maria Miller: Making gay marriage law shows how 'society has evolved'

As the same-sex marriage bill goes to Queen Elizabeth II to be signed into law in England and Wales, the Equalities Minister reflects on the UK government's 'tremendous achievement'
Kentucky county clerk who won’t issue marriage licenses to gays tells judge she 'sought God' in making her decision
No thumbnail available

20 red-hot destinations set to seduce gay travellers in 2015: part two

The Bahamas are a surprise new entry on the hotlist, joining the likes of Tokyo and Las Vegas
No thumbnail available

Russia author of anti-gay law wants Moscow ‘Gay Olympics’ banned

Vitaly Milonov, who says gay people rape kids and are violent towards straights, has said a gay contest must take place behind closed doors
No thumbnail available

Gay icon Cher calls Donald Trump a 'flaming asshole'

Pop superstar apologizes for calling The Apprentice star's hair a 'cheap rug' but stands by her call for Macy's to 'Dump the Trump'
From Diyarbakir with love: Kurdish, gay and proud

From Diyarbakir with love: Kurdish, gay and proud

As Zenne Dancer tells the story of a Kurdish ‘honour’ killing, we speak to Hebûn, the LGBT group in Diyarbakir
No thumbnail available

Playing father of gay teen on Days of Our Lives a welcome development for Bryan Dattilo

'Actor tells Gay Star News: 'The fact that they wrote him so loving and so supportive is such a relief to me'
No thumbnail available

Parents leave The Joy of Gay Sex book on son's pillow

'I came out to my parents in August. This was on my pillow last night. I love you, Mom and Dad'