Friday, February 3, 2017

No change on marriage after the Shared Conversations

From The Church Times-

CHURCH doctrine on marriage will not be changed to accommodate same-sex relationships, but more detailed teachings should be issued to the clergy offering “fresh thought”, and understanding of the Church’s gay and lesbian members, in the context of “changed” social attitudes towards sexuality, a report from the House of Bishops has concluded.

Marriage and Same Sex Relationships after the Shared Conversations was finalised by the House on Monday, and published with the remainder of the General Synod agenda, on Friday of last week. It is to be presented by the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham James, on Wednesday 15 February.

“Society was in a very different space only 25 years ago,” Bishop James told a press briefing last Friday. “The Church has got to sustain some fidelity to its historic teaching, while also recognising that it seeks to affirm all its lesbian and gay members. That is the tension.”

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