An English bishop pushes back after a church choir sang an ‘awakened’ version of a popular Christmas carol that infuses LGBT and ‘inclusive’ language into the song.
“God rest you queer and questioning, your ananged hearts be still,” reads one line of the altered US version of “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” sung by the All Saints with Holy Trinity choir in Loughborough, England. according to The Express, with another saying: “God rest on you too, women who have been wiped out by men. Ignored and despised, desecrated and cast out by history.”
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, criticized the altered version of the song and the insertion of progressive phrasing.
“I think what Christmas and many other moments do shows us the importance of ritual,” Nichols told Times Radio. “Ritual helps us step out of our own little bubble and connect to something we receive, inherited, and hope to pass on.
“These values are the continuation of the musical repertoire, the ability to sing together, the observation of rituals that have grown over the centuries. They are probably more important to me than certain sensitivities that come and go.”
The altered US version, written by Jeffrey Wilsor and used by the progressive Hollywood United Methodist Church, retains only the first two lines of the original song, which dates back to 17th-century England.
“We aspire to be an inclusive, environmentally conscious, and intercultural worship community (IWC) that addresses issues of social, racial, and climate justice,” the church’s website reads.
“We don’t think we have all the answers, but for those who wish to travel with us in Christian faith and practice, you will be welcome here.”
All Saints with Holy Trinity Church did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.
“Absolutely disgusted that an act of worship of our Lord and Savior is being used to promote a political ideology contrary to @ChurchofEngland teaching,” said Sam Margrave, a member of the church’s General Synod. posted on Twitter along with several other users who had trouble with the song’s rephrasing.
Not everyone was opposed to the song, including would-be priestess Rachael Brind-Surch, who, according to the Daily Mail, said “love my church” as she posted a photo of the service bulletin online.
“My faith influences my politics and I will never be sad or angry or apologize for attending a church that challenges me to think more about it and the policies legally mandated on our behalf,” Brind-Surch later added, after the controversy broke out.