Bishops in disarray over ‘sex for married straight couples only’ rule

Jan 27, 2020 by

by David Baker, Christian Today: The Church of England’s bishops appear to be at war with themselves after some distanced themselves from a statement reiterating longstanding Christian teaching that sex is for male-female marriage only. The Bishop of Gloucester, Rachel Treweek, said that she was “deeply frustrated and saddened” by the way the statement was published. She continued: “I recognise that it has fanned into flame unnecessary pain and distress and I wish to...

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Church Society response to the latest statement from the House of Bishops

Jan 26, 2020 by

Church Society welcomes the recent pastoral statement from the House of Bishops concerning civil partnerships. Specifically, we are grateful to the House for reaffirming the traditional and orthodox view of marriage (see paragraphs 7 and 35), and for clarifying that “sexual relationships outside heterosexual marriage are regarded as falling short of God’s purposes for human beings” (paragraph 9). The statement also helpfully points out some of the inherent ambiguity about the place of sexual...

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C of E Civil Partnership Guidance

Jan 24, 2020 by

Following the recent change in the law to extend civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples, the House of Bishops has agreed a pastoral statement reaffirming historic Christian teaching on sex and marriage: ‘… the Church of England teaches that “sexual intercourse, as an expression of faithful intimacy, properly belongs within marriage exclusively” (Marriage: a teaching document of the House of Bishops, 1999). Sexual relationships outside heterosexual marriage are regarded as...

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Critics shocked to learn the Church of England is a church

Jan 24, 2020 by

by Kaylee McGhee, Washington Examiner: The Church of England has reiterated its biblical understanding of marriage in new pastoral guidance: that marriage is a “lifelong union between a man and a woman, contracted with the making of vows” and that for Christians, it “remains the proper context for sexual activity.” This biblical standard isn’t new, and it shouldn’t be surprising. Yet some critics seem shocked that the Church of England would teach … the Bible. […] One of the fundamental...

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Sex is for male-female marriage only, Church of England confirms

Jan 23, 2020 by

by David Baker, Christian Today: Sex only belongs in heterosexual marriage, a new statement from the Church of England’s House of Bishops has declared. In a document responding to the introduction of mixed-sex civil partnerships, the Bishops say: “For Christians, marriage – that is the lifelong union between a man and a woman, contracted with the making of vows – remains the proper context for sexual activity. But they also add: “In its approach to civil partnerships the...

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Civil Partnerships for opposite-sex couples

Jan 23, 2020 by

Following the recent change in the law to extend civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples, the House of Bishops has agreed a pastoral statement which may be read here.  

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