Tactics not truth over same-sex marriages

Mar 12, 2019 by

by Julian Mann, The Conservative Woman: IT WOULD seem that the response by the bishops of the Church of England to the latest attempt in the House of Lords to force clergy to conduct same-sex weddings was driven by tactical considerations rather than by transcendent truth. Although the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, resisted the amendment by Lords Faulkner and Collins to remove the CofE’s exemption from solemnising same-sex marriages, his remarks were notable for their...

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Bishop of Oxford resists gay-marriage amendment

Mar 8, 2019 by

by Adam Beckett, Church Times: Croft warns peers that external pressure could be counter-productive. ANOTHER attempt to remove the exemption of the Church of England from same-sex marriage in churches was made in the House of Lords last week. A similar attempt was made last month at the committee stage of the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Bill (News, 8 February). Lord Faulkner, a Labour peer, attempted last Friday, with Lord Collins, to remove the exemption of...

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House of Lords same-sex marriage amendments withdrawn

Mar 1, 2019 by

from Coalition for Marriage: Two worrying amendments on same-sex marriage were withdrawn earlier today instead of being voted on. Lord Faulkner of Worcester had tabled an amendment that could have undermined the ‘quad lock’ safeguards which give clergy an absolute right to refuse to do gay weddings. The Government minister said the amendment was unnecessary, and cut across the Church of England’s own legislative powers. A separate amendment by Lord Hayward would have forced same-sex marriage...

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Bishops should take Church of England summit to court over same-sex partner ban, says MP

Feb 28, 2019 by

by Helena Horton, Telegraph: An MP has hit out at the Church of England after bishops were told they could not bring same-sex partners to the Lambeth Conference. In an interview with The Telegraph to mark LGBT history month, Nigel Evans said that allowing bishops in heterosexual relationships to bring their spouses to the international summit, but banning same sex partners, could be classed as workplace discrimination. He said: “I’m wondering whether that’s discrimination. It...

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Lambeth 2020 Descends into Confusion

Feb 20, 2019 by

from GAFCON: When the boundary markers of biblical and apostolic faith are set aside, confusion enters the Church. The Secretary General of the Anglican Consultative Council has recently issued a statement about Lambeth 2020 to address what is described  as: ‘a misunderstanding that has emerged in some online blogs’ and announces that that ‘it would be inappropriate for same-sex spouses to be invited to the conference.’ However, to suggest there has been a ‘misunderstanding’ looks like an...

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New Zealand: Anglican splinter group grows as first same-sex blessing goes ahead in Canterbury

Feb 18, 2019 by

by Charlie Gates, Stuff: Another Anglican vicar has resigned over the decision to allow same-sex blessings as the first ceremony takes place in Canterbury under the new rule. Rangiora vicar Andrew Allen-Johns resigned from his parish earlier this month and established a new church in central Christchurch called Anchor. The move comes as a male couple became the first in Canterbury to have a same-sex blessing under the Anglican church. One of the pair declined to comment as they wanted the...

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