Comments: Paul Perkin on civil partnerships

Good for Paul Perkin, and what a good successful church!

I read "Issues in Human Sexuality" and remember it stating that (homo)sexual abstinence was required of clergy of gay or lesbian orientation, and that it accepted that there are laity in the church who, in conscience, were unable to accept that a life of sexual abstinence was required of them and instead chose to enter into a faithful, committed relationship…. BUT I don't remember it saying that this was good and sinless!

All this clergy / laity differentiation started, I think with an amendment to the 1987 Synod resolution that stated that:

1 that sexual intercourse is an act of total commitment which belongs properly within a permanent married relationship;
2 that fornication and adultery are sins against this ideal, and are to be met by a call to repentance and the exercise of compassion;
3 that homosexual genital acts also fall short of this ideal, and are likewise to be met by a call to repentance and the exercise of compassion;
4 that all Christians are called to be exemplary in all spheres of morality, including sexual morality; and that holiness of life is particularly required of Christian leaders.'

The last phrase was, I believe, a last minute amendment, and seems to have become the door through which homosexual partnerships are being pushed into acceptability.. which was by no means the meaning of the resolution!

Homosexual genital acts are to be met by a call to repentance and the exercise of compassion..

Posted by Dave at Saturday, 20 August 2005 at 6:03pm BST
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