The Bee reports that "the division [in the Episcopal Church] is primarily over the interpretation of the Bible ... on the ordination of homosexuals" (story Dec. 9). That's not quite correct.
The division is not over interpretation. No one interprets the Bible to endorse homosexual practice, much less among those ordained to shepherd the flock. The issue is whether the Bible continues to be our indisputable authority for faith and morals. Only in recent years has the Episcopal Church officially departed from its acceptance of such biblical authority and so divided itself from orthodox Christianity.
Those in the Diocese of San Joaquin who want to separate from the Episcopal Church believe that the Bible continues to govern regardless of contrary thinking that might be popular today in our American culture.
Rev. Gordon M. Kamai