The Permanent Judicial Commission of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA ruled (on Monday, released on Tuesday . . . so not like Wimminwise is right up to the minute) that the Synod of the Pacific’s decision to censure Rev. Jane Spahr was reversed, and the censure removed. You can read the full text of the decision here.
This seems like very good news! And at the same time, maybe not such good news, from the perspective of those who see the need for the church to recognize same-gender unions as marriages — since refusing precisely this recognition seems to played a role in the favorable verdict.
The opinion makes interesting reading, whatever one’s ultimate take on the reasoning. It contains some eloquent statements about the difficulty and ambiguity of prophetic ministry, the dangerous demands of pastoral care, and the challenge of ministry to marginalized and oppressed — which is, after all, the church’s mission.
And no doubt the writers of the opinion are correct about this: “Christians are called to do justice.” And no doubt they felt, as we all feel, sometimes more acutely than others, that this is no light task.