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CoE churches flouting ban on blessings

CoE churches flouting ban on blessings

The Telegraph reports on Bishop Alan Wilson calling out the Church of England for hypocrisy in its stance on blessings for same sex couples:

The Bishop of Buckingham, the Rt Rev Dr Alan Wilson, said the Church’s ban on offering blessings for civil partnerships was being flouted by several parishes across Britain.

The newly enthroned Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, has underlined his opposition to the plans. However, a survey by The Sunday Telegraph has found several churches openly offering blessings for gay couples in civil partnerships.

Dr Wilson said bishops were turning a blind eye to churches flouting the rules to avoid a confrontation between the new archbishop and traditionalist leaders in Africa and South America, who strongly oppose any moves to bless homosexual couples.

[Wilson] said: “At the moment the policy is, ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’. We all know that in many dioceses there are one or two places these gay blessings have been happening. It’s hypocrisy, although it is understandable. “Underlying the crisis there is believed to be a need for the archbishop to say to conservative elements in the Anglican Communion, ‘Oh no, we don’t do that sort of thing. It’s only the naughty Americans do that.’” He added: “It is very difficult when an institution is too frightened of its own shadow to engage with the real world.

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Gary Paul Gilbert

The article later goes on to say the services are not blessings but services of dedication. Itis amazing that any LGBTs stay with the C of E. The doublespeak does not sound healthy.

I agree with the person in the article who says that the church can either conting saying No or it can decide to support the commitment of two people to each other.

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Gary Paul Gilbert

Sounds like more second-class status for same-sex couples in the Church of England. The Church of England seems to want LGBT people's time and money but are ashamed to be seen with them lest the rest of the Anglican Communion get upset and start to gang up on the C of E as they already have TEC. Both LGBTs and TEC are not to be fully welcomed by the C of E.

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