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COE: no blacklist of clergy who marry same sex partners

COE: no blacklist of clergy who marry same sex partners

The Church of England issued a press release stating there is no blacklist of clergy who marry same sex partners:

“The recent press report that the Bishop of Norwich has been asked to keep a blacklist of clergy who marry same sex partners is untrue. The House of Bishops agreed in February to establish a small informal monitoring and reference group which is available to diocesan bishops who may wish for information or advice. The group has no formal powers. The Archbishops of Canterbury and York asked the Bishop of Norwich to chair the group and for the Bishops of Sheffield and Willesden to be members.”

Thinking Anglicans has a lively comment session on the matter, and also references David Pocklington’s Law & Religion UK blog that summarizes the story of action against Canon Jeremy Pemberton, along with Pocklington’s thoughts on a list:

The CofE statement has been greeted with scepticism by some of those commenting on the Thinking Anglican report of the announcement. Against such concerns, however, it would be unusual if the Church had not established a group to monitor developments in a sensitive area such as this, and would be subject to criticism if it did not adopt a consistent approach in the interpretation of the House of Bishops Statement of Pastoral Guidance on Same Sex Marriage: there is a degree of uncertainty in the sanctions that may be applied under ecclesiastical law and a further degree of complexity is added through the range of possible employment situations as these current examples demonstrate.

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Chris Epting

How long will they try to have it both ways? The arc of history (and faith) is clear. It still bends toward justice!

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