OK, it made a great title in the Daily Mail/Express tradition of the answer being “no”. But according to this blog, the answer is “yes”.
Frankly I don’t care whether any given person is gay or not. I care more about the football team they support in some ways – as the evidence that somebody is a Man Utd fan will always make it harder to have genuine, selfless, Christian love for them. But let’s suppose it’s true.
I believe in “One Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church”. And I tend to regard “Catholic” in this sense as being for all people and nuns, regardless of race, gender, sexual inclinations and taste in icons. So if there is a genuine shortage of heterosexual male Anglo-Catholics, and this dearth has been ongoing – for the article implies that this situation has always been, since Anglos first became Catholics – then the implication is that to be Anglo-Catholic is to be other than Catholic. For a tradition that, for whatever reason, excludes a sizable chunk of the population, can surely not be Catholic. It can only be a part-of-the-whole-story-that-makes-up-Catholic.
Just a thought. Maybe somebody can put me right?