US bishop faces “partial restriction on ministry” over same-sex marriage stance

Jan 12, 2019 by

from ACNS:

The Bishop of Albany, William Love, has had a partial restriction placed on his ministry over his refusal to permit same sex marriages in his diocese. The US-based Episcopal Church’s General Convention voted last year to approve a motion requiring all bishops to permit their clergy to conduct same-sex marriages in dioceses where they were legal under civil law. In November, Bishop William sent an eight-page letter to the Churches in his diocese, in the north of the US State of New York, saying that the resolution was “in direct conflict and contradiction to God’s intent for the sacrament of marriage as revealed through Holy Scripture.”

Today, the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, Michael Curry, announced that had placed a partial restriction on Bishop William’s ministry pending a preliminary investigation. The decision was taken, he said, “after broad consultation with leadership in The Episcopal Church and continued discussions with both the Rt Revd William Love of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany and the Episcopal Diocese of Albany Standing Committee”.

In a statement, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said that “While I am persuaded of the sincerity and good will of Bishop Love in these difficult circumstances, I am convinced that Resolution B012 was intended by the Convention to be mandatory and binding upon all our dioceses, particularly in the light of its provision that a diocesan bishop ‘hold[ing] a theological position that does not embrace marriage for [such] couples’ and confronted with a same-sex couple wishing to marry in that bishop’s diocese, ‘shall invite, as necessary, another bishop of this Church to provide pastoral support to the couple, the Member of the Clergy involved and the congregation or worshipping community in order to fulfil the intention of this resolution that all couples have convenient and reasonable local congregational access to these rites.’

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Read also:  Presiding Bishop’s response to Bishop William Love’s November 10, 2018 Pastoral Letter and Directive, Anglican Ink

Episcopal Church head Michael Curry punishes NY bishop who won’t allow gay marriage in diocese, CP

Curry punishes Love, Anglican Unscripted

 

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