Christians should pray for Prince George to fall in love with a man to force progress of LGBTQ rights in the Church of England, according to Very Rev Kelvin Holdsworth.
The senior Anglican minister and equality campaigner suggested that if the third in line to the throne was ‘blessed with the love of a fine young gentleman’ it could pressure the church to support same-sex marriage.
He wrote: ‘If people don’t want to engage in campaigning in this way, they do in England have another unique option, which is to pray in the privacy of their hearts (or in public if they dare) for the Lord to bless Prince George with a love, when he grows up, of a fine young gentleman.’
‘A royal wedding might sort things out remarkably easily, though we might have to wait 25 years for that to happen.
‘Who knows whether that might be sooner than things might work out by other means?’
Very Rev Kelvin Holdsworth, provost of St Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow, has since been criticised by Rev Gavin Ashenden, the Queen’s former chaplain.
Rev Ashenden told Christian today: ‘To pray for Prince George to grow up in that way, particularly when part of the expectation is he will inherit is to produce a biological heir with a woman he loves, is to pray in a way that would disable and undermine his constitutional and personal role.
He went on to say hoping the four-year-old prince falling in love with a man was ‘unkind’ and un-Christian’.
‘It is an unkind and destabilising prayer.
‘It is the theological equivalent of the curse of the wicked fairy in one of the fairy tales. It is un-Christian as well as being anti-constitutional.
‘It is a very long way from being a blessing for Prince George.’