Canada: Same-sex marriage issues continue to concern bishops, says Hiltz

Nov 1, 2017 by

by Tali Folkins, Anglican Journal:

As the halfway point between the last and the next General Synod approaches, issues around same-sex marriage continue to be an important cause of concern among the church’s bishops, says Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada.

“My sense is that there’s a lingering kind of anxiety within the church about how we have a decent conversation about this matter at General Synod 2019,” Hiltz told the Anglican Journal Monday, October 30.

A resolution to allow same-sex marriages in the church passed its first reading at General Synod in July 2016; a required second reading will go before General Synod in 2019.

Hiltz made the comments during an interview about the meeting October 23-27 of the House of Bishops in Niagara Falls, Ont.

A number of bishops expressed concerns, he said, about how same-sex conversations at the next General Synod could take place “in a way that doesn’t leave people feeling marginalized, isolated, pushed out—on either side.”

Many feel that the traditional legislative process that the synod follows encourages contention, he said.  “You basically either speak in favour or against. So immediately…you get some sense of the—in some respects—division in the house.”

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