Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Diocese Drops Marriage Canon

From The Living Church-

The Diocese of Texas has removed a canon that said its clergy “are to abstain from sexual relations outside Holy Matrimony” and defined matrimony as “the physical and spiritual union of a man and a woman.”

The diocese’s 167th Annual Council, meeting Feb. 12-13, removed Canon 43 at the urging of the Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, Bishop of Texas since 2009. The diocese had adopted the canon in 1997.

Much has changed in even in the past year, as the U.S. Supreme Court has declared marriage for same-sex couples a constitutional right and the Episcopal Church’s General Convention authorizing wedding rites for same-sex couples.

Bishop Doyle said in his address to the council that Canon 43 has caused regular conflicts since its adoption, and that he has worked to defuse those fights.

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