Let the local church communities decide whether they want to exercise their consciences and marry/bless gay and lesbian couples.
Parishes are sensitive to their own local situations and culture. We don't live by law alone, but by Spirit and the exercise of conscience.
The danger of top-down control of people's consciences is that it may run contrary to the liberating intent and message of Jesus Christ.
Why foolish? There are majorities in favour - not huge certainly. But enough to suggest permissive legislation might be what people were looking for. Why, on the contrary, is it not foolish to continue to discriminate against LGBT people when a majority think you shouldn't? And think about it, Archbishop Barry - those are the numbers now - the movement is only going in one direction!
Bravo for the Welsh Vote of Confidence for Same-Sex Relationships. One small step... Yes, but a rather significant one in the scheme of things - despite the reluctance of the ABW's reluctance to affirm it.
Archbishop of Wales: "It would be a very brave or perhaps a very foolish Bench of Bishops who were to bring the bill before the governing body at this stage."
With friends like these ...
Yet they don't seem that afraid of allowing de facto recognition of partnered gay clergy and openly gay ordinands. If the Archbishop and the bishops respect the constitution , why are they not afraid of ignoring the canons?
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