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April 19, 2012

Same Sex Blessing Takes Place in the Diocese of Virginia

St. Paul’s Memorial Church at the University of Virginia, with the approval of diocesan bishop Shannon Johnston (who has been called a “fellow Christian” and whose ministry is promoted by the rector of Truro), blessed a “covenant relationship” between two women this week:

An Invitation from Deborah Healey and Margaret Mohrmann - The covenant relationship between Deborah Healey and Margaret Mohrmann will be blessed in a Holy Eucharist at St. Paul’s on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at 11 a.m. Deborah and Margaret invite all who wish to affirm this covenant and participate in its blessing to be present, in witness and support, at the service and to attend the celebratory reception in the Parish Hall immediately afterwards.

In an article about the blessing posted on the website of a local NBC Affiliate Bishop Johnston is quoted as saying:

‘“I am convinced – both theologically and experientially – that committed, monogamous, same-sex relationships can be faithful in and to the Christian life,”

And apparently the rector of Truro believes that a bishop who teaches such things is a brother in Christ whose ministry is to be supported and promoted.

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Why bother bringing the whole issue up at General Convention, when it’s already being done? The time would be better spent talking about gaseous emissions, or something.

The rector states, “What we are doing is not in a vacuum, it is part of the wider church…”

Then, he correctly notes, “...not every part of the church is doing the same thing.” Indeed, the huge majority of the world’s Christian churches do not do this, and the majority of the Anglican Communion does not support it.

The article states, “But Richardson is quick to point out that this is different from what we think of traditionally as marriage.”

However, the rector states, “The Bible has a rather large latitude on marriage…”

The final quote is, “And god [sic] blesses you.” In the article, “god” is not capitalized. Thus, a fine summary of the whole [sick] article.

[1] Posted by Ralph on 4-19-2012 at 05:33 AM · [top]

Be done with these heretics.

[2] Posted by Bill2 on 4-19-2012 at 06:09 AM · [top]

Note the use of the word “covenant”- amusing, in its own way that TEC would use the word to mean “gay marriage” and not want to enter into such a relationship with other Anglican churches.

Of course, the bishop would say, “this is not a marriage, this is the blessing of a covenant relationship”, in the same way he might say “Michael Jordan was not a basketball player, he was a member of the White Sox baseball organization for a few years.”

[3] Posted by tjmcmahon on 4-19-2012 at 07:25 AM · [top]

Just sad - so deceived.

[4] Posted by B. Hunter on 4-19-2012 at 09:25 AM · [top]

As Virginia prohibits by law same gender marriage. So this church and rector, along with the bishop, is blessing shacking up and fornication, not to mention flaunting rebellion against lawful authorities.

Matthew 15:18-20, “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man…”

Leviticus 18:29-30, “For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people. Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am the LORD your God.”

[5] Posted by Festivus on 4-19-2012 at 09:49 AM · [top]

To quote the Rev’d Richardson,

“The steady progression of the episcopal church has been to open our arms of love and welcome more people and provide for them all of the blessings that the church provides,” he said. “We can celebrate - you are in a loving, committed, faithful relationship. We celebrate it. You are welcome here and we bless it. And god blesses you.”

I would like to re-phrase that to say,

“The steady regression of the episcopal church has seen us open our arms of luv and welcome fewer people and provide for them all of the sins that the church tolerates and blesses,” he said. “We can advertise - you are in a loving, committed, faithful relationship. We promote it. You are welcome here and we bless it. And maybe god blesses you too but we can never be too certain about that because the Bible has a rather large latitude on marriage….”

[6] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 4-19-2012 at 10:21 AM · [top]

“...(i.e. it is more about anthropology than Christology)...”
Really?... Really?... No, I mean,...really?

[7] Posted by Fr. Mark on 4-19-2012 at 10:42 AM · [top]

Note to The Falls Church - Fight on! Fight on for Jesus! God bless you for doing so!

[8] Posted by sophy0075 on 4-19-2012 at 11:56 AM · [top]

Supposedly 7 churches get to do this new thing but no one is saying who the other 6 are.  Very curious!  Anyone in Virginia have any idea?

[9] Posted by Ralinda on 4-19-2012 at 12:35 PM · [top]

“I am convinced – both theologically and experientially – that committed, monogamous, same-sex relationships…”

Once again - why be so legalistic with the artificial qualifications that they be ‘committed’ and ‘monogamous?”  Mere window dressing - of course there is no biblical requirement for this in such relationships. 

He might as well issue a diocesan teaching that polygamy is OK for up to seven wives - no more than one for each day of the week to give the appearance of monogamy. 


[10] Posted by tired on 4-19-2012 at 03:50 PM · [top]

Also - this is not a first for Dio VA - there was a blessing a number of years back at St. Paul’s Richmond, which was reported in the Times Dispatch and is probably still available online for the curious.

[11] Posted by tired on 4-19-2012 at 03:54 PM · [top]

This is +Johnston’s way of getting around Virginia law.  A ‘shack job’ by any definition, and Virginia won’t recognize it.

[12] Posted by cennydd13 on 4-19-2012 at 06:05 PM · [top]

What does this say about the decision of Truro Church to engage in a close ministry relationshp with +Johnston of Dio. Virginia?

[13] Posted by MichaelA on 4-19-2012 at 06:32 PM · [top]

Let’s not act all shocked and stunned about this.  We all knew it was just a matter of time, didn’t we?  I remember getting beaten up pretty well here a few years ago when I finally lost patience with, as I recall, some 10,000-word ACI tract explaining in exquisite detail and with impeccable sources why TEc was in error on SSBs.  It was, as was typical, a wonderful and inarguable piece but, as an exasperated Jeffersonian intemperately blurted out, utterly pointless.  Nothing I’ve seen since makes me think otherwise, quite the opposite.

See, the people running TEc today didn’t climb that greasy pole so they could hold true with orthodox Anglican doctrine.  They didn’t put up with all of those old fuddy-duddies every three years at the convention so they could keep on doing what the Church had always done.  They didn’t wage a culturally marxist jihad against the mores and teaching of the Church so they could be the ones enforcing them.

No, they did all this so they could impose their heretical model on the Church.  And what’s the use of waging a decades-long war of attrition if you’re not going to enjoy the spoils of said war?  The orthodox are right.  ACI is right.  Kendall Harmon is right.  Mark Lawrence is right.  But all of the above are either going to be standing in front of same-sex couples in a short time, demanding blessing, or they’re going to be on the street.  Because it doesn’t matter, ultimately, who’s right.  It matters who’s in charge.  And they’re in charge. 

End of story.

[14] Posted by Jeffersonian on 4-19-2012 at 06:58 PM · [top]

St Paul’s is where I first worshiped in an Episcopal Church. The liturgy was wonderful - the sermon even then (1969) a horror. I am not surprised they should be so “progressive.” Sad, but hardly surprised.

As for the Rector of Truro - bowing in the house of Rimmon might be one way to look at it - something he had to do to avoid something worse.

[15] Posted by AnglicanXn on 4-19-2012 at 09:49 PM · [top]

“The covenant relationship between Deborah Healey and Margaret Mohrmann will be blessed in a Holy Eucharist at St. Paul’s on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at 11 a.m.”

So now they are having Black Masses in Virginia.  Wonderful.

[16] Posted by Jim the Puritan on 4-20-2012 at 12:10 AM · [top]

Why the need for a Holy Eucharist?  There’s nothing “holy” about this.

[17] Posted by cennydd13 on 4-20-2012 at 09:44 AM · [top]

......the Bible has a rather large latitude on marriage….”

Oh R E A L L Y??? Please, do tell.

[18] Posted by GSP98 on 4-23-2012 at 11:11 PM · [top]

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