Responses to gay blessings decision

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How each Church of England bishop voted on same-sex blessings proposals during General Synod, Premier

RESPONSES (Newer items at the top:)

Archbishop of York: We are not judged by “doctrinal orthodoxy” but “love”, by Stephen Cottrell, Anglican Ink

The Anglican Church in Brazil declares impaired communion with CofE, Virtueonline


The Decision of the General Synod – A response from Vaughan Roberts, St Ebbe’s Oxford

Egypt rejects CoE vote on the blessing of same-sex unions, Anglican Ink

Southern Africa bishops reject same-sex blessings by George Conger, Anglican Ink

Jerusalem rejects gay blessings, Anglican Ink

Same-sex unions ‘unbiblical,’ say Congolese Anglicans, from Anglican Ink

You bless it, you bought it: The Church of England’s bishops descend into utter nonsense by Albert Mohler

London conservatives look for support from breakaway Anglicans by Ed Thornton, Church Times

Anglican Church of Tanzania responds to General Synod vote on gay blessings, Anglican Ink

What’s wrong with the House of Bishops’ proposed same-sex prayers? by Martin Davie, Christian Today

Bishop Cocksworth’s startling admissions by David Baker, Christian Today

Watch: Global South right to reject Justin Welby leadership, rebuke Church of England – Revd Dr Lee Gatiss

The Church of England goes rogue by Alexander Boot

The Church of England’s gay marriage fudge pleases no one by Vaughan Roberts, Spectator (£)

Same-sex blessings, lies and broken promises by Adam Cross, TCW

The “mother” church of Anglicanism abandons the household by Calvin Robinson, World

Living in Love and Faith: Where Do Things Stand? Where Do We Go From Here? by Christopher Cocksworth, Covenant

Who Are the Real Schismatics? A Look at the Church of England by Trevin Wax, TGC

What has just happened in the Church of England? by Matthew Roberts, Christian Today

Grieving the Anglican Communion: English Primacy and the Anglican Consultative Council by Andrew Atherstone, Psephizo

Screwtape’s Apprentice? English Churchman Editorial

A Re-set Anglican Communion? Will Welby Jump or Be Pushed? from English Churchman

Lambeth Palace responds to GFSA statement

Statement by the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion

Justin Welby rejected as leader by conservative Anglicans over same-sex blessings by Harry Farley, BBC News

The case for leaving the Church of England by Gavin Ashenden, Christian Today

Anglican Church of the Indian Ocean Response to General Synod Same-Sex Blessings Resolution by Abp James Wong, Anglican Ink

Central Africa responds to CoE General Synod vote on gay blessings

Mother’s Union of Nigeria rejects Church of England Synod vote on gay blessings, Anglican Ink

C of E Evangelicals in watershed fight for own bishops, structures and training, Evangelicals Now

Response of the Church of South East Asia to CofE decision at Synod

Anglicans could ‘formally disassociate’ from Church of England after same-sex blessings vote, Telegraph

What next for the Anglican Communion & Church of England – with Dr Peter Jensen from The Pastor’s Heart

General Synod digest: Governance plan sidelined by same-sex debate by Pat Ashworth, Church Times

A message to the Church of England by Michael Brown, Christian Post

Church Of England Crack-Up, The American Conservative

Reformed Evangelical Anglican Church of South Africa statement

Continuing Evangelical Episcopal Communion statement on General Synod gay blessings vote

What should (and will) happen in light of the recent Church of England synod vote? by Stephen Kneale, Building Jerusalem

Gafcon: Archbishop of Canterbury can no longer be Anglican Communion’s ‘first among equals’, Christian Today

Archbishop of Canterbury challenged over claims of being ‘threatened with Parliamentary action’ to bring in same-sex marriage in the Church of England from Anglican Orthodox via Anglican Ink

The tangled legacy of a same sex blessing vote that pleased no-one, Religion Media Centre

St Ebbe’s statement from Vaughan Roberts

MPs threatened me over gay marriage, says Archbishop of Canterbury by Gabriella Swerling, Telegraph

General Synod: Archbishop of Canterbury’s speech in Living in Love and Faith debate

General Synod: Bishop of London replies to Living in Love and Faith debate

On not snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory by Martin Davie

CEEC: What’s next for Evangelicals in the Church of England by Keith Sinclair, Anglican Ink

Gafcon GB and Europe trustees statement

Is there any Contra-Mundum? Abp Mouneer Anis

Anglican Church of Kenya’s response to C of E’s resolution to offer blessings to same-sex couples

The Church of England’s moral drift will not stop here by Gavin Ashenden, Christian Today

Tangled legacy of the Church of England’s debate on same-sex marriage by Ruth Peacock, Religion Media Centre

Clergy who are both gay and conservative oppose decision to bless same sex unions by Philip Bradfield, Belfast News Letter

The C of E has forgotten its better story about sex by Peter Ladd, CARE

Church of England will now bless couples in same-sex reltionships: roundup by David Virtue, VOL

They Think It’s All Over…. Is It Now? from Anglican Futures

Same-sex blessings vote shows the CoE favours secular consensus over Christianity by Gavin Ashenden, Catholic Herald

Gay blessings ‘at odds with Scripture’ – Lord Carey of Clifton

Church of England accused of being ‘false teachers’ as row over same-sex blessings deepens by Ewan Somerville, Telegraph

Synod round up: Church of England to bless same-sex unions from Christian Concern

Archbishop of Canterbury Promises LGBT Activists to ‘Root Out’ Certain People From the Church of England by Tyler O’Neil, Daily Signal

What exactly happened at Synod on the Prayers for Love and Faith? by Ian Paul, Psephizo

Archbishop of Uganda Issues Home Truths to Church of England

EFAC Statement on the vote at the Church of England General Synod

House of Bishops drives through proposals to bless same-sex unions by Nikki Howlett, VOL

A ‘sad day’ as CofE votes to bless same-sex partners, The Christian Institute

Gafcon Response to CofE General Synod

Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney Media Statement 

CEEC Responds to the General Synod vote on Bishops’ Proposals

Church of England ostracised after it backs blessings for gay couples, Telegraph

RIP Church of England? Long live gospel Anglicanism by David Baker, Christian Today

A lamentable departure from Anglican Network in Europe

“I believe that Jesus tells the world a better story… A story which is for our good and flourishing.” Synod member Sophie Clarke

Bishops leave parish clergy vulnerable after GS vote on blessing gay unions, Anglican Orthodox

Prayers for God’s blessing for same-sex couples take step forward after Synod debate, Church of England website

Church of England moves forward with plans to bless same-sex couples, Christian Today

Five hour CofE debate on same sex marriage – in quotes by Ruth Peacock, Religion Media Centre

Vote on Church of England’s proposals for same-sex blessings postponed by Kelly Valencia, Premier

What was that all about? from Anglican Futures

Archbishop of Canterbury: MPs won’t tell me what to do on gay marriage by Ewan Somerville, Telegraph

Ben John shares gospel and pleads with bishops to withdraw same-sex blessing proposals

“People will die, women will be raped, children will be tortured…” from Anglican Futures

Archbishop of Canterbury puts spin on same-sex marriage in opening address by David Virtue, VOL

Church of England hears pleas to abandon same-sex blessing plans, Christian Today

On not blaming God by Martin Davie

This week at General Synod by J John, Christian Today

General Synod: Bishop of London’s Living in Love and Faith Presentation

General Synod: Presidential address from Archbishop Justin Welby

‘We are coming to listen’: Church of England gears up to discuss same-sex proposals, from Premier

Earlier items:  Church of England: refusal to back gay marriage and acceptance of clergy blessings

Living in Love and Faith at the College of Bishops and the House of Bishops – January 2023

6 Feb General Synod Agenda for  on Living in Love and Faith

Newer items at the top:

Doctrine is to Be Guarded Not Undermined from English Churchman

‘The state church must reflect state policy.’ GB News interview with Peter Tatchell

Christian Today’s view: the Church of England should not introduce same-sex blessings

Vicars who bless gay couples in church could be sued, say lawyers by Tim Wyatt, Telegraph

The forecast ahead of Synod is stormy. I pray we keep our eyes on Jesus by Jill Duff, Premier

Responding to Prayers of Love and Faith from St Andrew’s Kirk Ella

On not blaming God by Martin Davie

The Church of England faces a huge week by Murray Campbell

Same-sex marriage row looms over Church of England synod by Harriet Sherwood, Guardian

What are the bishops claiming about marriage? by Ian Paul and Andrew Goddard, Psephizo

The bishops or the Bible? by Campbell Campbell-Jack, Christian Today

‘We are coming to listen’: Church of England gears up to discuss same-sex proposals, Premier

Church of England submits blessings for same-sex couples to fierce debate in Synod by Catherine Pepinster, RNS

Canon B5 and the Prayers of Love and Faith by Philip Jones, Ecclesiastical Law

Synod Petition calling for repentance for any “form or prayer and practice inconsistent with Holy Writ” by Luke Appleton, Anglican Ink

Joint Statement to General Synod from Inclusive Church and the Campaign for Equal Marriage in the Church of England

LLF Next Steps Group meeting on 1 February 2023

Welby ‘would rather see C of E disestablished than split over same-sex marriage’ by Harriet Sherwood, Guardian

Why the Church must decide now on same-sex marriage: Revisionist view from Jayne Ozanne, Church Times

Bishops outline commitment to orthodox teaching on marriage in light of LLF decision by Kelly Valencia, Premier

Last rites for LLF? by Andrew Goddard, Fulcrum

14 CofE Bishops affirm Church of England’s Doctrine of Marriage

Our relationshp with the Church of England, St Helen’s Bishopsgate

Living in Love and Faith: College of Deans response, English Cathedrals

Carlisle bishops back traditional marriage, Anglican Ink

8 reasons why the CofE’s same-sex proposals won’t work by Sean Doherty, Premier

“We Cannot Bless what is contrary to God’s revealed will”: Former Bishop of Maidstone from VOL

Grassroots Anglicans call on Evangelical Bishops to reject plans for blessing same-sex unions

CEEC formally responds to House of Bishops’ proposals and subsequent public communications

Living in Love and Faith (LLF): Legal Issues (II) from Law & Religion UK

Authority, Autonomy, and the crisis of contemporary Anglicanism: Thesis 2 by Stephen Noll

Bishops are departing from orthodox teaching by Gavin Calver, Premier

Failing the Green Test II: A critical examination of the advice from the Church of England’s Legal Office by Martin Davie

Justin Welby says the CofE has taken “a huge step” in recognising same-sex ‘marriages’ from Christian Concern

Statement from the Church of England regarding GFSA statement

The Church of England: Not of Sound Mind by Peter Mullen, Crisis Magazine

Conservatives have certainly changed their tune on gay marriage by Tim Stanley, Telegraph

Same-sex blessings in the C of E: Response by Ugandan Archbishop Steven Kaziimba, AAC

Welby fails to calm protestors outside Lambeth Palace by George Conger, Anglican Ink

Adoption of gay blessings would lead to the removal of Welby as leader of the Anglican world — warn Global South archbishops, Anglican Ink

Traditional teaching is now a safeguarding issue by Bernard Randall, The Critic

Sorry, Anglicans, There Is No Third Way by Rod Dreher, The American Conservative

It’s official: homosexuality is no longer a sin by David Virtue, VoL

What bishops have to say about the LFF proposals – a roundup from Thinking Anglicans

The Hypocrisy of Authoritarian Bishops by Lee Gatiss, Church Society

WATCH: Woe to the English Bishops – with Lee Gatiss and Ben Kwashi

Archbishop of York says sexual immorality is not sinful, Christian Concern

Amendment will seek to tip Synod toward permitting same-sex marriage by Francis Martin, Church Times (£)

Church of England could face first ever vote on same sex marriage by Gabriella Swerling, Telegraph (£)

Failing the Green Test – a critical examination of the material from the House of Bishops by Martin Davie

Move to get CofE Synod to vote on support for same sex marriage, Religion Media Centre

Homosexuals must no longer be chaste in order to lead godly lives, Bishop of London says by George Conger, Anglican Ink

WATCH:  Revd Dr Ian Paul expresses astonishment at a report by a group of bishops which recommends CofE churches offer “prayers of dedication, thanksgiving and for God’s blessing” for people who have been through a same-sex civil ceremony from The Christian Institute

Synod vote will gauge support for same-sex marriage, The Times (£)

Archbishop of York ’emotional’ as he welcomes blessings for same-sex couples by Simon Walton, Yahoo

Will the Anglican Communion hold together? by Susie Leafe, Christian Today

Gay sex not a sin, Archbishop of York says, if blessed by the CoE by George Conger, Anglican Ink

Church’s ham-fisted blessing an affront to same-sex couples by Julian Mann, TCW

Q&A: Every word from the Church of England’s same-sex marriage press conference, Premier

CofE same-sex blessings will lead to change in doctrine, say evangelicals, CT

WATCH:  Commentary from ‘Irreverends’ Tom Pelham and Jamie Franklin (16 minutes in)

What are the bishops saying and doing in response to the end of LLF? by Ian Paul, Psephizo

The Church of England’s statement today is illogical, lamentable and predictable, from Anglican Futures

Evangelicals may reject authority of liberal bishops in Church of England by David Baker, Christian Today

Roundup of reactions from Religion Media Centre

Bishop of Manchester | Living in Love and Faith Letter

The Church of England Takes a “Third Way” on Gay Marriage by Carl R Trueman, First Things

Draft prayers of thanksgiving, dedication and for God’s blessing for same-sex couples published, Press Release

What now for the Church of England and gay marriage? by Tim Wyatt, Premier

Bishops’ same-sex plans do not need General Synod’s consent by Francis Martin, Church Times

Bishop of Southwark suggests bishops will authorize same-sex blessings even if synod rejects the innovation, Anglican Ink

‘Incoherent’ response by bishops to same-sex marriage will only prolong the agony by Ruth Peacock, Religion Media Centre

A Tale of Two Privileges: or, the Existential Choice for the Church of England by Joshua Penduck, Psephizo

Response to CofE Bishops Statement by Foley Beach

Responding to the Bishops’ Proposals for Same-Sex Blessings by Lee Gatiss, Church Society

C of E bishops’ compromise on same-sex marriage will not settle painful divisions by Harriet Sherwood, Guardian

A response from South Africa to the approval of same-sex blessings

Statement from Council of Bishops of The Society

CHURCH OF ENGLAND: Bishops propose prayers of thanksgiving, dedication and for God’s blessing for same-sex couples, VOL

Evangelicals lament Church of England’s plans to introduce blessings for same-sex couples, Christian Today

Church of England refuse to back gay marriage by Harry Farley, BBC News

Bishops propose prayers of thanksgiving, dedication and for God’s blessing for same-sex couples, Church of England website

C of E bishops to apologise after rejecting same-sex marriage in church by Donna Birrell, Premier



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