A Senior Minister with the Scottish Episcopal Church has said that Christians should pray Prince George is gay.
The Very Rev Kelvin Holdsworth, Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow, Scotland, has said that if George grew up to be gay, it would help change attitudes towards gay people.
Holdsworth is an equality campaigner and is known for his support for LGBTI rights. He has previously attended Pride marches.
— Kelvin Holdsworth (@thurible) August 19, 2017
Writing on his own blog, he goes on to suggest that if George were to be ‘blessed with the love of a fine young gentleman’, it would might also help shift attitudes in the church towards same-sex marriage.
Prince George of Cambridge, the son of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, is the third in line to the throne. Born in 22 July 2013, the four-year-old began attending school for the first time this fall.
Holdsworth used his blog to talk about LGBTI inclusion in the church. Noting that not everyone wants to openly campaign for LGBTI rights, turning to prayer may be the answer.
‘If people don’t want to engage in campaigning in this way, they do in England have another unique option, which is to pray in the privacy of their hearts (or in public if they dare) for the Lord to bless Prince George with a love, when he grows up, of a fine young gentleman.
‘A royal wedding might sort things out remarkably easily though we might have to wait 25 years for that to happen. Who knows whether that might be sooner than things might work out by other means?’
‘It is a very long way from being a blessing for Prince George’
Other senior British Christians have criticized his comments.
The Rev Gavin Ashenden, former Church of England chaplain to the Queen told Christian Today that the comments were ‘unkind’ and ‘profoundly un-Christian’. He suggested to pray in such a way is wrong.
‘It is an unkind and destabilizing prayer. It is the theological equivalent of the curse of the wicked fairy in one of the fairy tales. It is un-Christian as well as being anti-constitutional. It is a very long way from being a blessing for Prince George.’