Thinking Anglicans

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: media reports of committee hearings

There have not been many accounts of the hearings in the media this week, but here are a few:

Ed Thornton Church Times Fittall: gay marriage ‘not on horizon’

John Bingham Telegraph Gay marriage: no opt-out for Christian registrars

David Williamson Wales Online Gay Welsh cleric Jeffrey John gives fierce defence of same-sex marriage

Joseph Patrick McCormick Pink News Dr Jeffrey John: Allowing individual parishes to decide on equal marriage ‘more Christian’

BBC Minister clashes with MP over ‘gold standard’ marriage claim

Mark D’Arcy BBC Trench Warfare (and scroll to the bottom for link to his podcast report)

Isabel Hardman Spectator Exclusive: Tory MPs push government for French-style ‘civil union’ weddings

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In our diocese in TEC, the bishop lets each parish discern whether or not to do same sex blessings. It seems to be a good process.

Similarly, sort of, since we call our rectors and elect our bishops, we get leadership that seems mostly in sync with the majority view at the parish and diocesan level.


“Fittall: gay marriage ‘not on horizon’”

From the “Dig hole/Insert head/Cover hole” POV. }-X

“Bishop James …said that there was “a distinction between the doctrine of the Church of England, and what people who belong to the Church of England think”.”

And that’s not a problem??? O_o

Kyrie eleison. Lord, reform the CofE!