Comments: Equality Bill: more Church Times reports

The Church of England will need to make it's collective mind up on this issue - through the deliberations of General Synod - which might then devolve the responsibility onto individual Bishops to discuss in their local synod meetings. This will perhaps then require individual parishes, if allowed by the local Bishop, to offer their hospitality, or not, to suitably qualified local partnerships.

Whatever happens on this issue, the Church will be judged by the willingness/or not of local parishes to offer Blessings on same-sex Civil Partnerships, which could, in the circumstances, be limited to the Baptised - as in heterosexual marriage.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Sunday, 21 March 2010 at 2:20am GMT
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