Comments: General Synod - pensions for surviving civil partners

Press Release from ACNA:

That this Body
(a) aware of the distress caused by recent discrimination within the Anglican churches of England against civil partners;
(b) recognise and affirm the desire of those who have formed the Church of England to remain within the communion family that does not discriminate;
(c) acknowledge that this aspiration, in respect both of relations with the ACNA and Gafcon, raises issues which the relevant authorities of each need to explore further; and
(d) invite the Archbishop Duncan to report further to the ACNA in 2011.

Posted by John B. Chilton at Thursday, 11 February 2010 at 8:25pm GMT

It should be noted that, even with the new rule for equal pensionable provision for the surviving spouse or civil-partner of a deceased clergy-person, this does not mean that every survivor of a same-sex clergy-patnership will be entitled to benefit. The provision is specifically only for the official Civil-Partnership survivor.

SO. Those of you English clergy who are in a same-sex relationship who have not yet committed to your same-sex partner in a Civil-Partnership will need to go ahead and do something about it.

The question is, how do you do this if your local Bishop expressly forbids it? Does this mean that you will have to do a 'Gretna Green'? Or will your Bishop agree to abide by Synod's decision to admit of the fact that some clergy are actually gay? This latter course would not only be more charitable, it would accord with the spirit of Christ in the Gospel now ennunciated by the Archbishop of Canterbury in his opening speech to General Synod.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Friday, 12 February 2010 at 9:24am GMT
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