Leading Anglican bishops are inviting transgender applicants to the priesthood. Meanwhile, leading Russian Orthodox bishops call transgenderism a mental disorder. Queen Elizabeth, Supreme Governor of the Church of England, has not yet released a public statement.
One man's mental health diagnosis may be another man's ticket to the priesthood, according to recent developments in one of the world's largest Protestant denominations. The Anglican Communion has 85 million members worldwide, all of whom have ties with the Church of England.
The guidance, titled "welcoming and honouring LGBT+ people", warns that the church's reputation as being unwelcoming towards gay and transgender people is stopping young people attending.
"We very much hope that they, like everyone else, feel encouraged to serve on PCCs, or as churchwardens and worship leaders, for instance, and are supported in exploring vocations to licensed lay and ordained ministries," the guidance says.
"Nobody should be told that their sexual or gender identity in itself makes them an unsuitable candidate for leadership in the Church."
Queen Elizabeth, the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, has not yet commented on this development. Historically, she has supported legislation which favors sexual deviants. Pink News gives the Queen credit for decriminalizing sodomy, allowing sodomites to adopt children, and reducing the age of consent for homosexual sex to age 16. Thus, it is plausible that she also approves of transgender priests in her church.
Meanwhile in Russia, the Orthodox Church influences society to accept a more traditional perspective on human sexuality. Marriage is only permitted between one man and one woman. Homosexual activity is forbidden.
And according to Metropolitan Hilarion, a top church leader and spokesperson for the Russian Orthodox Church, transgender people suffer from a mental disorder.
Presumably, this would make them unfit for the priesthood.