My report for the Church Times on this subject is published today. It can be read at
English bishops say Swedish proposal redefines marriage.
For the General Synod questions which announced this to the world, go here.
For the original of the CofE letter, see this PDF file.
Other reports covering this:
George Conger Religious Intelligence English Church attacks Swedish same-sex blessing move
Ruth Gledhill also dealt with it towards the end of her blog entry Princely Bishop of Durham rides to the rescue.
Since all these articles were written, there have been reports in the Swedish press too. The following are in English:
Stockholm News The Anglican Church criticizes homosexual marriage in Sweden
….Sven Thidevall, the Church of Sweden’s bishop in Växjö in south central Sweden, was surprised by the letter, which he called “not especially flattering”.
He interpreted it as a warning that Sweden’s church risks being isolated if it moves forward with the proposal.
“How we handle the marriage question affects so much more than how we refer to same-sex church weddings,” he said in a statement.
“Now it’s also about our place in the community of Christian churches.”
Thidevall went on to say that, while he is in favour of the proposal to allow same-sex couples to be wed in Churches, he thinks it’s important for the Church of Sweden to listen to other churches.
“The Church of England has made some polite but critical reflections on how the Swedish church is addressing important theological questions,” he said.
“We need to listen carefully to our sister churches before we decide how we can best do things. What else is a communion of churches for anyway?”