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Bishop of Milwaukee says no to same-sex blessings

Bishop of Milwaukee says no to same-sex blessings

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Bishop Steven Miller is not going to permit the blessing of same-sex relationships in the Diocese of Milwaukee.

Miller, who favors civil marriage for same-sex couples said he does not believe the rite of same-sex blessings is theologically sound. He will, however, allow diocesan clergy to preside at same-sex blessings and same-sex couples from the diocese to have their relationships blessed in their neighboring Diocese of Chicago.

The story on the State-Journal site can’t be excerpted, so follow the link above to read it all.


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Jonathan Galliher

Which theology haven’t we done? We’ve clearly done the piece explaining why same-sex unions are fine, but that’s mostly been by saying that they’re basically marriage by another name if I recall correctly. But General Convention hasn’t changed the rubrics for marriage, and part of getting approval for the rite we have was insisting up and down that it absolutely isn’t marriage. Have we done the theology explaining why sexual relationships that are definitely not marriage are okay? And is the justification given clearly distinct from the justification for marriage? If either of those is best answered in the negative, the bishop has a bit of a point even if it is a bit pedantic.

Rod Gillis

The GS of the Canadian church meets next month. There is a notice of motion to ask the GS to change the Marriage Canon to allow same sex marriages.

Geoffrey McLarney

Would the Bishop be described as “on the conservative side of this issue” (per Enrique)? He has been open about his support for marriage equality in the church, and his objection is to a segregated quasi-sacramental rite specifically for gay couples. By emphasising his grief that the church’s blessing is denied to some couples, Fr Grieser seems in his letter to talk past those reservations.

Enrique Molina

I can respect his decision. Unlike most people on the conservative side of this issue, he seems to be truthfully discerning.

I am a gay man, and I personally do not believe that the state should deputize clergy of any religion to solemnize marriages. Everyone should have to go to city hall or town hall for a civil marriage. The church only blesses marriages.

If we would do this, it would solve much of the issues we face, because it would distinguish civil marriage from holy matrimony.

Enrique Molina, OCM

Paige Baker

Maybe we haven’t done such a fantastic job teaching, preaching and communicating the theology broadly and publicly?

The only people who don’t know we have done so are people who don’t WANT to know.

It’s amazing the outlandish claims people will make in order to hold on to their much-beloved prejudices….

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