Comments: Church Times: Selling marriage short

On previous threads we have seen Oliver O'Donovan identified as the author of this report, once by cseitz and also by Graham Kings, both told us what a great piece of scholarship it was ........

Perhaps this faux pas will have positive consequences. The other members of the Commission will have considerable difficulty owning this work and might now feel an urgent need to contribute to the debate. It would be ironic if this discussion paper actually did initiate the very debate we have been eagerly hoping for!

If one of the reasons for this paper's early publication was to strengthen the arm of the bishops as they fought against the Equal Marriage Bill in the Lords, then it has been a political gaff of extraordinary proportions. The ridicule it has engendered in the Church Times would be enough to sink it, and maybe even sink those bishops who had looked to it for support.

I am hoping that the liberal academy will recognise they have a real opportunity to influence the debate when the Bill reaches the Lords. Essays like those from Jane Shaw and Charlotte Methuen will give aid to those peers who want to show that faith communities are not all opposed to the Bill's purpose. There is a need for more!

I am told that Cardinal Keith O'Brien's sad demise has taken the heart out of the religious opposition to this Bill, I do not believe it. We need to be even more vigilant and even better prepared.

So please nag all your favourite theologians, academics etc to be proactive.

Posted by Martin Reynolds at Friday, 26 April 2013 at 9:58am BST

There is another side to high rates of divorce, a corresponding drop in rates of domestic violence.

Posted by FD Blanchard at Friday, 26 April 2013 at 2:03pm BST
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