People should pray that Prince George is gay, a senior Scottish church minister has claimed.
The Very Rev Kelvin Holdsworth, a provost of St Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow, said that of the four-year-old turns out to be gay it would force support for same-sex marriage in the Church of England.
The minister is a LGBTQ campaigner.
He made the comments in a blog, reposted after the announcement of the engagement between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Rev Holdsworth wrote that Christians should pray ‘for the Lord to bless Prince George with a love, when he grows up, of a fine young gentleman’.
‘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,’ read the blog.
The comments though were immediately criticised.
Reverend Gavin Ashenden, a former chaplain to the Queen, described the comments as ‘profoundly un-Christian’.
He added that the comments were also ‘unkind’ and a theological equivalent of the ‘curse of the wicked fairy in one of the fairy tales’.
‘To pray for Prince George to grow up in that way, particularly when part of the expectation 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 told Christian Today.
Prince George, son of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was born in 2013 and is third in line to the throne.