The Church of England isn’t ‘obsessed’ with sex

Jan 29, 2020 by

by Melanie McDonagh, Spectator:

There’s been a shocked, wounded response on the part of pundits to the Church of England’s statement last week in response to the introduction of heterosexual civil partnerships. The Church observed that: ‘for Christians, marriage – that is, the lifelong union between a man and a woman, contracted with the making of vows – remains the proper context for sexual activity’. Just to clarify, the statement went on: ‘Sexual relationships outside heterosexual marriage are regarded as falling short of God’s purpose for human beings.’

In other words, the CofE restates the Christian understanding of sex. As in, the view shared by Catholics and Orthodox and by Christians generally over the last couple of millennia and regarded as business as usual until about fifteen minutes ago. Yet the appalled reaction of the commentariat goes to show that if you want to get people worked up about religion, mention sex. Perhaps the CofE could have made it even worse by observing that you shall not commit adultery either.

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