Ireland, Australia and Diocese of Polynesia Reject Same-Sex Relationships

May 18, 2018 by

by David W Virtue, DD, Virtueonline:

Two Anglican provinces — Ireland and Australia, along with the Diocese of Polynesia in the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, have publicly rejected same-sex marriage, putting Archbishop Justin Welby in the untenable position of having to choose how the Church of England — under mounting pressure to accept same sex marriage — will fare, as the global Anglican Communion polarizes into two irreconcilable camps.

Recently, the Irish House of Bishops issued a statement from the General Synod saying that there was little appetite to discuss further these issues in parishes and further there was no consensus in General Synod, the House of Bishops, or in the church island-wide to change the Canons of the Church of Ireland on the matter of marriage.

The statement went on to say that the Church of Ireland marriage service remains unchanged and marriage may be solemnized only between a man and a woman. No liturgy or authorized service is provided therefore for any other situation.

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