Church of England should recognise same-sex weddings, says bishop

Jun 27, 2021 by

by Harriet Sherwood, Guardian:

Paul Bayes, bishop of Liverpool, pushes for ‘gender-neutral marriage canon’ and church ceremonies.

A senior bishop has said the Church of England should recognise marriage between people of the same sex and allow such ceremonies in church, a move that would break with centuries of Christian teaching.

Paul Bayes, the bishop of Liverpool, called for a “gender-neutral marriage canon” in a controversial and hard-hitting speech on Saturday, making him the most senior figure in the C of E to explicitly back a change in church law and teaching.

The “world beyond the church” has found it to be offensive, oppressive and hypocritical, he said.

Issues of sexuality, gender and same-sex marriage have caused deep and bitter divisions within the C of E in recent decades. Conservatives have sought to uphold traditional teaching that marriage is a union between a man and a woman. Campaigners for change say the bible teaches inclusivity and equality.

Speaking at a conference of Mosaic, a grassroots church body that advocates inclusivity, Bayes said that some within the C of E saw discrimination on the basis of sexuality as acceptable.

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See also:

Should the church ‘let the world set the agenda’ on ethics and doctrine? by Ian Paul, Psephizo

And, examples of more episcopal revisionism:

Bishop dismisses Matt Hancock’s adultery as “a bit of a fling”by Archbishop Cranmer: David Walker considers Hancock’s breaching of social distancing guidelines much more serious.

Bishop of Manchester threatens orthodox Anglicans, by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream



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