Pushback: Bishops fight church‘s transgender celebrations

Nov 24, 2019 by

fro Stock Daily Dish:

As many as 10 Anglican bishops are urging the Church of England to rethink a plan to promote transgender-affirmation events in its churches.

the opposing bishops, led by Bishop of Wakefield Rt. Rev. Tony Robinson, are proposing a conscience clause for those who object.

the Church of England issued advice to churches to hold events similar to baptismal services for people announcing a gender change.

Bishop of Blackburn Rt. Rev. Julian Henderson is backing the move.

“This new guidance provides an opportunity, rooted in scripture, to enable trans people who have ‘come to Christ as the way, the truth and the life,’ to mark their transition in the presence of their church family which is the body of Christ,” he claimed.

However, in a later statement he admitted the guidance was “highly divisive and theologically and pastorally questionable.”

several senior clergy have declared they would refuse to allow such a service.

Bishop of Maidstone Rod Thomas argued the policy will cause conflicts, noting the church does not conduct same-sex weddings.

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