A twisted Anglican minister – who once let a Muslim Imam deny that Jesus Christ is the Son of God from his cathedral pulpit – has urged people to pray that Prince George turns out to be homosexual.
In the online letter, he lists strategy ideas for campaigners to undermine the Church’s opposition to gay marriage.
He concluded: ‘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.’
Lee Gatiss, director of the Church Society, told Christian Today: ‘To co-opt the Royal children to service a narrow sexual agenda seems particularly tasteless and, I should add, bizarrely illogical on his own grounds.
‘Is he saying no one can “pray the gay away” but you can pray it into someone?’
The blog was also criticised by Gavin Ashenden, a former chaplain to the Queen and missionary bishop in the Christian Episcopal Church.
He described the suggestion as an ‘unkind and destabilising prayer’, which he said was the ‘theological equivalent of the curse of the wicked fairy in one of the fairy tales’.
This is not the first time Holdsworth has outraged real Christians. In January he invited a Muslim to recite from the Koran during a service at the Cathedral, with the passage including a denial that Jesus was the son of God.