By John Martin Leaked versions of the much-anticipated House of Bishops report to General Synod fanned expectations of a shift in the Church of England’s policy on sexuality. Multiple articles gave an impression that the church was about to adopt a laissez-faire approach. Not so. The 16-page report makes it clear that the bishops have no plans to redefine marriage or … [Read more...] about Bishops’ Report Defies Hype
The Church of England has released “Marriage and Same-Sex Relationships after the Shared Conversations: A Report from the House of Bishops.” A press release from the church offers a summary: The Church of England’s law and guidance on marriage should be interpreted to provide “maximum freedom” for gay and lesbian people without changing the Church’s doctrine of marriage … [Read more...] about Report Urges ‘Maximum Freedom’
firemedic58/Flickr Postcard from London By John Martin After two weeks of wall-to-wall Olympics coverage by the United Kingdom’s mass media, the usual seasonal news void has set in. Making headlines this week is a story first featured in The Guardian that a dozen gay Church of England priests intend to write an open letter to the House of Bishops to … [Read more...] about Revolution by Royal Mail?
The Church of England Newspaper reports: Members of the General Synod have written an open letter to the College and House of Bishops, urging them ‘not to consider any proposals that fly in the face of the historic understanding of the church’ on human sexuality. The letter, which is signed by both lay and clergy members of the Synod, says that following the Shared … [Read more...] about Synod Members Write to Bishops
firemedic58/Flickr Anna Morrell writes for the Church in Wales: The Church should be a place where gay and lesbian people can be “honest and open, respected and affirmed,” say the bishops of the Church in Wales. They are issuing a joint pastoral letter in response to consultations and debates on same-sex marriage across the Church in Wales last year, as … [Read more...] about Unofficial Blessings in Wales
firemedic58/Flickr Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada have informed the Council of the General Synod that they are unlikely to approve a change to the church’s marriage canon by the required two-thirds majority: The Canadian House of Bishops met in Niagara Falls 23-26 February 2016 in a special session dedicated to a discussion of matters relating to … [Read more...] about Bishops Demur on Marriage Canon
By John MartinThe case of the Rev. Canon Jeremy Pemberton, who was refused a license enabling him to work as a hospital chaplain because he married his same-sex partner, is likely to be fought all the way to the European Court of Human Rights.On Nov. 4 an employment tribunal in Nottingham dismissed Pemberton’s discrimination claim against the Diocese of Southwell and … [Read more...] about Tribunal Backs British Bishop
The Rt. Rev. Edward J. Konieczny, Bishop of Oklahoma, speaks with The Oklahoman about his voting on blessing rites and on revising the church's canons on marriage:Regarding the first piece of legislation, I voted in favor of continuing the use of the same-gender blessing liturgy approved at the 2012 General Convention, which I supported in 2012.Regarding the second piece of … [Read more...] about Bishops Reflect on GC78