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Church of England rejects blessings for same sex couples

Church of England rejects blessings for same sex couples

The Church of England has rejected blessings for same sex couples according to The Guardian. Basing his story on Men and Women in Marriage, a report from the Church of England Faith and Order Commission, Sam Jones writes:

The Church of England has ruled out offering blessings to same-sex couples, insisting that such public gestures belong only to heterosexual marriage.

The report stresses the church’s immutable definition of marriage as “a faithful, committed, permanent and legally sanctioned relationship between a man and a woman, central to the stability and health of human society”, but recognises the existence of same-sex relationships, which it terms “forms of human relationships which fall short of marriage in the form God has given us”.

The bishop also warned that the government’s plans to introduce same-sex marriages – a move opposed by the Church of England, which will in any case be legally barred from marrying same-sex couples – risked jeopardising the institution of marriage.

Read more here.

The report is here.

Not the news we were hoping for….


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I for one am very happy that the Anglican Communion has put this report out there. Marriage has always been between a man and a woman. If the government wants to sanction unions, they should, and stay out of the sacramental marriage business.

I’m a life-long, 4th generation Episcopalian / Anglican and have always been taught that Sacraments are not to be changed just because it is popular to do so.

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Kurt Wiesner

JC: solid use of a previous post.

Maria L. Evans

Gee whiz, I wonder how many couples age 50something and above knew that in the marriage bed, they were opening themselves up for the possibility of children? (pg. 7, #21 of the actual report.)

It seems faulty, at best, to hinge so much of their line of reasoning on a few biblical snippets of Genesis about procreation, when we appear to be in no imminent danger of population decline, and there is far richer material in the Bible about love and monogamy.

Peter Pearson

I still think we should open up a few Episcopal Churches in England. They need us.


[From that “Open Letter to the Church from My Generation”, a few threads down]

But my generation, the generation that can smell bullshit, especially holy bullshit, from a mile away, will not stick around to see the church fight gay marriage against our better judgment. It’s my generation who is overwhelmingly supporting marriage equality, and Church, as a young person and as a theologian, it is not in your best interest to give them that ultimatum.

Eyes to see, ears to hear? CofE, ‘allo, ‘allo?

JC Fisher

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