An an English bishop is pushing back after a church choir sang a “revived” version of a popular Christmas carol that introduced LGBT and “inclusive” language into the song.
“God rest you queers and doubters, rest your troubled hearts,” says a line in the revised American version of “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” sung by the All Saints Choir with Holy Trinity in Loughborough, England. according to The Expressin other words, “Give rest to you too, women who have been erased by men. Throughout history, ignored and scorned, defiled and supplanted.”
Cardinal Vincent Nicholls, the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, condemned the changed version of the song and the introduction of progressive wording.
“I think Christmas and many other times show us the importance of rituals,” Nichols told Times Radio. “Ritual helps us step outside of our little bubble and connect with something we’ve received, inherited, and hope to pass on.
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“These values are a continuation of the musical repertoire, the ability to sing together, looking at the rituals that have been developed over the centuries. They are probably more important to me than a particular sensibility that comes and goes.”
A modified American version written by Geoffrey Wilzer and used by progressive Hollywood United Methodist Church, preserves only the first two lines of the original song, which dates back to 17th-century England.
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“We strive to be an inclusive, environmentally conscious, and intercultural worshiping community (IWC) engaged in issues of social, racial, and climate justice,” according to the church’s website.
“We don’t think we have all the answers, but for those who want to journey with us in Christian faith and action, you are welcome here.”
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All Saints Holy Trinity Church did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.
“Absolutely disgusting that the act of worshiping our Lord and Savior is being used to promote a political ideology that is contrary to the teachings of the @ChurchofEngland,” said Sam Margrave, a member of the Church’s General Synod. posted on Twitter along with several other users who did not object to the reformulation of the song.
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Not everyone was opposed to the song, including trainee priest Rachel Brind-Surch, who said: “I love my church” when she posted a photo of the service bulletin online. according to the Daily Mail.
“My faith informs my politics and I will never be sad, angry or apologetic about going to church, which makes me think more of them and the policies that are legislated in our name,” Brind-Surch added later after that , as the dispute flared up.