Ontario priest disciplined for marrying same-sex couple

From the Anglican Journal today:

"A priest in the diocese of Ontario has been disciplined and had his licence to marry cancelled after officiating at the wedding of a same-sex couple last August in a church in rural Ontario, where he is the incumbent.

Rev. Michael Bury, rector of St. John the Evangelist church, in Stirling, Ont., a small village located about 190 km east of Toronto, confirmed in an interview that his licence to perform marriages has been cancelled.

In an interview at the house of bishops meeting in London, Ont., diocesan bishop George Bruce said the cancellation is effective until further notice. ‘I had issued a directive in 2003 that we would not bless same-sex relationships nor conduct marriages. There was no canonical permission to do it. There are consequences (to such an action),’ he said."

Read the rest here.

Comments (1)

This is pathetic. The law of the land allows these couples to marry and these homophobes in robes are so determined to close the doors of the church that they would discipline clergy for not towing the line and keeping the gays away from the altar.

I am going to say something which I mean in all seriousness. I do not say this lightly. This bishop is an embarrassment to Christ and His Church and needs to hear a strong call to repentance. I do not care how many red robes a man wears - when he becomes a stumbling block like this then Christ's words about millstones about the neck apply. One day the church will apologize for the actions of this bishop. May this bishop hear a call to repentance.

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