Buggery is a different kettle of fish
THE EDITOR, Sir:
The Anglican priest, Father Sean Major-Campbell, has certainly become the focus of much controversy because of his performance of what has become a sacred religious rite in Christianity, namely the washing of feet.
This is a ritual practised in various contexts. In some denominations, for instance, it is a necessary prerequisite to the further rite of the Eucharist or Communion; in others, not so.
In the case of Father Sean's performance, many members of his flock object to his washing the feet of lesbians because they deem this to indicate his acceptance of a deeply controversial, and indeed rejected, sexual lifestyle in Jamaica, through the back door, as it were.
Father has sought to emphasise what he regards as the human rights of the lesbian couple to access religious rites as citizens of Jamaica in a Jamaican church setting.
It is my belief that he will be hard-pressed to maintain this viewpoint in his ministry, given that the homosexual lifestyle, particularly in the case of male buggery, is regarded as undesirable, for several reasons. However, biologists assert that the sexes have many physiological features in common and some even say gender-defining sex organs arise from similar structures, mediated by certain hormonal flows in utero, to assume their final shape. Men even have nipples, though dysfunctional, and many persons, outwardly male in most respects, are known to possess vaginas.
Amid these facts, it seems that biology is not definitive, and therefore in the modern world, this indicates that prescriptions against homosexuality need a more in-depth analysis.
As to washing of the feet in church, this has assumed religious significance, even though it started as a courtesy to dusty Judaean townspeople who brought produce and other gifts to members of the old priestly and kingly dynasties who had lived at the Qumran plateau while awaiting the appearance of a Messiah, and therefore restoration of the Davidic monarchy.
Jesus broke tradition by himself doing the traditional washing of villagers' feet.