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Choice of new Stavanger bishop creates commotion. Favourite choice unheeded by cabinet minister. The church bells are not ringing true in Stavanger. Trond Giske, the Labour party’s (Ap – Arbeiderpartiet) cabinet minister for culture and church affairs, has fallen foul of parts of the Norwegian Church by not picking the clear favourite for ordainment. A furore Although reactions have been mixed since Giske appointed Erling J. Pettersen as the new bishop of Stavanger on Friday instead of Kjetil Aano, who won all of the rounds, one politician warns that this could spark a revolt by the local voting population, possibly costing the party dearly at the forthcoming general election.

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Choice of new Stavanger bishop creates commotion

Published on Sunday, 21st June, 2009 at 21:43 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 21st June 2009 at 21:56.

Favourite choice unheeded by cabinet minister.

Erling J. Pettersen
Erling J. Pettersen
Photo: Vidar Kristensen/Wikimedia Commons


The church bells are not ringing true in Stavanger. Trond Giske, the Labour party’s (Ap – Arbeiderpartiet) cabinet minister for culture and church affairs, has fallen foul of parts of the Norwegian Church by not picking the clear favourite for ordainment.

A furore

Although reactions have been mixed since Giske appointed Erling J. Pettersen as the new bishop of Stavanger on Friday instead of Kjetil Aano, who won all of the rounds, one politician warns that this could spark a revolt by the local voting population, possibly costing the party dearly at the forthcoming general election.

“The Church in Rogaland is important for many. The government doesn’t care what the people of Rogaland want, but overrules them” Gro Skartveit, the Liberal party’s (Venstre) county council representative tells Vårt Land.

Politically-motivated

The paper writes that Pettersen was the only candidate – out of a total of five – who is in favour of ordaining priests who live together with a homosexual partner.

“I cannot see that it was any other matter but the question of homosexuality that was decisive. You don’t need to be a great prophet to foresee that this has been crucial. I am quite indignant about it” Kjetil Aano tells the paper.

Giske discounts this.

“Homosexuality has not been a key issue in deciding who became the new bishop of Stavanger, it’s been an entirely unrelated matter” says Giske.

Pleased

Whenever a new bishop has been elected to the Norwegian Church, tradition has been to appoint one of the Church’s three top candidates. Pettersen, therefore, sees Giske’s choice as unproblematic.

“It has often been the case that the government has picked number two. I know that I have received votes from all of the Church committees that have stated their opinion, and I go to my bishopric in Stavanger with great security and happiness” he tells the paper.

So far, 100 people have commented about the matter on Aftenbladet.no.



Published on Sunday, 21st June, 2009 at 21:43 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 21st June 2009 at 21:56.

This post has the following tags: trond, giske, church, stavanger, bishop, erling, pettersen, kjetil, aano, norwegian, rogaland, furore, fallen, foul, homosexuality, partnership.





  
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