Church of England crosses red line as it blesses “genital mutilation”

Dec 11, 2018 by

by Jules Gomes, Rebel Priest:

Conservatives in the Church of England have expressed shock and outrage after the House of Bishops led by a senior evangelical bishop have authorised a baptismal-based liturgy for transgender transitions claiming it is “rooted in scripture”.

The document, released today, is designated “Pastoral Guidance” with a rubric stating that the rite “will be incorporated into Common Worship”, the legally authorised liturgy of the Church of England.

It is this granting of canonical status to the service of initiation for transgender people that has led traditionalists to claim that a “red line” has been crossed for the first time since the debates over homosexuality and transgenderism erupted in the church.

Evangelicals are calling upon Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn, to resign from his position as President of the Church of England Evangelical Council (CEEC). Bishop Henderson, Chair of the House of Bishops Delegation Committee, oversaw the process that produced the guidance. “We commend it for wider use,” he said in a Church of England press release.

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