What an horrendous piece of casuistry this is from Revd Lewis, worthy of a 1st century Pharisee: The bishops say no to services of blessing after civil partnerships; but we CAN have services that look exactly like weddings; as long as we don't CALL them 'services of blessing' (though they can still contain blessings, all the same). What?!
If it is that easy to break Canon Law then there is no hope for trust, order, and discipline in the Church of England, and no hope for those Anglican clergypeople who find it so easy to circumvent church rules. Who would even buy a used car from someone who found it this easy to say one thing but mean another?
"If it is that easy to break Canon Law ..."
What Brian Lewis is arguing is precisely that Canon Law does allow room for certain kinds of service to be conducted. He does not seem to comment at all on the specific circumstances of this case, or whether it falls within the category of permitted services he suggests.
And on blessings and 'a service of blessing' - I include a blessing in every funeral service I conduct. No-one would sensibly call that 'a service of blessing'.
What is wrong with "Clergy"
and please why not "cleric" - he/she is a cleric
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