Day: July 17, 2018

B012, “Marriage Rites for the Whole Church”: Who will qualify for alternative episcopal support?

B012, “Marriage Rites for the Whole Church”: Who will qualify for alternative episcopal support?

Resolution B012, in its final language, aims to extend marriage equality to parts as yet unreached by offering alternative episcopal pastoral support to clergy and congregations whose bishops do not currently permit them to solemnize same-sex marriages. A statement from the Communion Partners of the Episcopal Church appears to turn the tables, stating that, “Congregations that maintain the traditional teaching on marriage, no matter what their diocese, have an equal claim upon the pastoral care of the church. We offer our own ministry of pastoral care in such congregations as bishops in furtherance of that goal.”