ARCHBISHOPS TO THE CHURCH AND THE COMMUNION: “You May Now Take Down Your Hand!”

Feb 2, 2020 by

by Stephen Noll, Contending Anglican:

This past week I wrote a post titled “The English Bishops on Marriage: The Sound of One Hand Clapping.” The one hand clapping was a December statement from the House of Bishops of the Church of England affirming the teaching of the Bible, the historic church and the Book of Common Prayer that marriage is the union of one man and one woman for the purposes of procreation, avoidance of sin, and mutual help and society. Many traditionalists were pleasantly surprised to see this affirmation; others were scandalized.

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have now clarified the matter and instructed the church and the wider Communion: “You May Now Take Down Your Hand”:

We as Archbishops, alongside the bishops of the Church of England, apologise and take responsibility for releasing a statement last week which we acknowledge has jeopardised trust. We are very sorry and recognise the division and hurt this has caused.

At our meeting of the College of Bishops of the Church of England this week we continued our commitment to the Living in Love and Faith project which is about questions of human identity, sexuality and marriage. This process is intended to help us all to build bridges that will enable the difficult conversations that are necessary as, together, we discern the way forward for the Church of England.

That didn’t take long. Let me paraphrase their message:

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