Comments: Sweden approves same-sex marriages

"The 14 Swedish bishops have a voice in the Synod, but they are not voting members. Many of them spoke during the full day of discussion that preceded the vote. Afterwards, seven bishops published a letter that criticised the decision, saying that it "puts at risk the unity of the Church - Church Times on Friday 30 Oct. 2009 -

Well, well, Who'd have thought that the bishops of the Swedish Church do not have a vote in the proceedings of their General Synod. Clearly this puts a whole different complexion on the factor of democratic principle; which allows the laity and the clergy more than equal rights to those of the bishops to determine the outcome of their General Synod proceedings! Rome certainly couldn't be living with that ethos.

One wonders what would be the outcome of similar circumstances in the Church of England? Would the Ordination of women and LGBT people, and the blessing of same-sex partnerships, no longer be a source of contention within that Church? Makes one think, doesn't it?

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Friday, 30 October 2009 at 9:46am GMT

"Well, well, Who'd have thought that the bishops of the Swedish Church do not have a vote in the proceedings of their General Synod."

It might make it easier to get legislation approved, but it seems very, very odd.

Posted by BillyD at Friday, 30 October 2009 at 7:15pm GMT

God bless the Church of Sweden! :-D

Posted by JCF at Friday, 30 October 2009 at 9:44pm GMT
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