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CoE Bishops to take part in “reflection” on sex

A “Bishops’ reflection group on sexuality” will be assisting in the episcopal discernment process as the Church of England debates same-sex relations.


A group of ten bishops will create material to be used by the House of Bishops in November. The task force is charged with coming up with questions on sexuality and to attempt to formulate possible answers, in addition to “consider any matter which the Archbishops request that the group should have on its agenda”.


The members of the reflection group […]

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Pope Francis creating “confusion” and “upset,” say conservative Catholic clergy

Reuters, published at the following link by the Religion News Service, has reported a story on the fallout from Pope Francis’ less-than-conservative approach to conservative Catholic teachings against homosexuality, divorce and the role of women:

Francis’ popularity with most Catholics, and legions of non-Catholics, has given him the image of a grandfatherly parish priest who understands how difficult it sometimes is to follow Church teachings, particularly those on sexual morality.

Conservatives worry that behind the gentle facade lies a dangerous reformer who […]

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Americans trending more liberal on questions of moral acceptability

Americans are moving left on the liberal/conservative spectrum when it comes to moral questions, by sizable growth in percentage points between 2001 and 2015, according to a Gallup poll announced yesterday.

Gay and lesbian relations showed the largest increase in Americans seeing them as morally acceptable, a jump of 23 percentage points from 40 percent in 2001 to 63 percent in 2015. The next highest jumps were in response to having a child out of wedlock (61 percent of Americans now […]

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From pleasure to sin: BBC on sex and the church

The BBC begins a 3 part series with Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch on how Christianity has shaped western attitudes about sex, gender, and sexuality throughout history

Sex and the Church Episode 1 of 3

In the first part of a major three-part series, the eminent theological historian Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch explores how Christianity has shaped western attitudes to sex, gender and sexuality throughout history. Traveling from Israel to Greece, Italy and Ireland, he begins by showing how the early Christians transformed sex from a biological […]

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Gay stations of the cross evoke controversy

Doug Blanchard, an artist and Episcopalian and Kittredge Cherry collaborated on a new book of the Way of the Cross. The publicity around the publication has evoked praise and controversy:

From IJReview

There have been plenty of contentious and/or inflammatory artistic depictions of Jesus Christ over the years. One of the most recent comes from a book published in July, titled “Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision.”

The book contains two dozen paintings by artist and “very agnostic believer,” Doug Blanchard, with text written by Kittredge Cherry. Cherry calls herself a […]

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Keeping up with evolution of marriage

Brian Tammaus says that all churches should do as the Episcopal Church is doing: study, think, pray, and talk about marriage and sexuality in real-life terms.

National Catholic Reporter:

Marriage, in fact, has been evolving for tens of thousands of years and has taken various forms in various cultures. As Steven Mintz, a Columbia University history professor, said in a 2012 piece about marriage in The Week: “Whenever people talk about traditional marriage or traditional families, historians throw up their hands.”

In almost […]

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