Comments: General Synod - Questions about the Pilling report

"Q43. Is the House considering tasking the Liturgical Commission with the preparation of suitable liturgy for the blessing of civil partnerships in church?

Answer: No."

Quite clearly, then, there is no concession being made to the possibility of providing a service for Same-Sex Blessings, which might just have averted the call for Same-sex Marriage, How helpful is this, in the light of the current situation?

This certainly could evoke a call for Same-Sex Marriage by members of the G.S., later on.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Tuesday, 19 November 2013 at 8:19am GMT

"The Revd Jonathan Frais (Chichester)... Q42. Given General Synod’s resolution of 1987 saying that adultery, fornication and homosexual acts are to be met with “a call to repentance”, what steps will be taken to make clear that the Pilling Report, when it is published, has not replaced this stance unless and until the General Synod itself so resolves?"

Oh dear. I'm just an Ignorant Yank, but appears to me that the "let's drive the CofE into oblivion" caucus is being heard from here. Kyrie eleison.

Posted by JCF at Wednesday, 20 November 2013 at 5:22am GMT

Of course, for certain synod members, lay and clerical, the fact that Chichester diocese has the largest concentration of gltb people in the country outside London, is completely irrelevant to their mission. Don't they know that the world has changed in the past 36 years, and so should the church.

Posted by Richard Ashby at Wednesday, 20 November 2013 at 6:10pm GMT

I see from the self-titled 'Anglican Mainstream' web-site, that they are still trotting out the old controversies about gays being 'cured' of their sexual-orientation. This is so out of kilter with reality that someone should alert them to the danger of offering false hope to young people who still feel they are not part of the real world because of their difference in sexual attraction. What such people need is encouragement into a proper and healthy self-esteem, not further guilt trips.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Thursday, 21 November 2013 at 9:52am GMT
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