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June 13, 2012

Church of England says it is Against Gay Marriage (Not a typo)

Well, someone is upset.  Imagine the audacity of the Church of England standing behind Scripture.  I mean people will start to think they are a church and stuff.

The Church of England has spoken. And apparently, we are against gay marriage. We are not “anti-gay”, we hope you understand. After all, as the statement says: “We have supported various legal changes in recent years to remove unjustified discrimination and create greater rights for same sex couples.” Oh, no. We are not homophobic. It’s just that we (the straight religious people) think that if gay people are allowed to get hitched in church then that will ruin things for the rest of us. The presence of homosexuals at the altar, vowing lifelong love and fidelity, will devalue the institution of marriage. It would be like letting women join the Garrick.

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“Worse than secularisation?” No, Giles, the consequence.

[1] Posted by dwstroudmd+ on 6-13-2012 at 10:17 AM · [top]

In describing his opinion of the CoE’s statement, he describes his own tirade when he writes,

“And finally there is the absurd hyperbole of the thing.”

[2] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 6-13-2012 at 10:57 AM · [top]

Part of the overall strategy to:

Keep people with money (conservatives) and tourists engaged while rogue priests and bishops do whatever the heck they want knowing darn well there is NOTHING stopping them, and NOTHING will be done once they blow the hinges off “Pandora’s Box”.

[3] Posted by midwestnorwegian on 6-13-2012 at 12:16 PM · [top]

“I am spitting blood” says Giles Fraser. ‘I almost thought about doing some ministry in my parish like I am paid for rather than evacuating in the Grauniad’ one suspects he thought for a brief moment.

I can only quote the wise response of St Peter Ould:

As always, Peter’s Axiom of Liberal Behaviour applies when observing the response – If the liberals are spitting about it, you know it’s probably a good thing


Much better to read the original document here than giving attention to the Twit-over-the-Thames-exiled-from-civilisation.

In a peculiar turn the Bishops of the Church in Wales are supporting the CofE line this time round - gay bishops yes, gay marriage no - go figure!

[4] Posted by Pageantmaster ن on 6-13-2012 at 01:07 PM · [top]

It’s a strange business isn’t it? On the one hand just occasionally needing to reassure folks that all is well, everything is at it ever was, nothing will change, this is just a natural development of what we already think etc. And on the other, standing as the Robespierre of a teacup revolution, in which all is to be made new, Year Zero to be declared, and the shameful, disgusting, outrageous past to be erased.

[5] Posted by driver8 on 6-13-2012 at 02:29 PM · [top]

I registered in order to comment on this item!

Just when I think I’ve got a read on what the climate is in the English part of the church, something like this comes up.  My first thought was that this comes at a time when the next Archbishop of Canterbury is being selected.  The second thought was to wonder what is going on over there.

I do know what to make of the idea of supporting gay bishops while opposing gay marriage.  If you have gay bishops, you’ll soon find your church supporting gay marriage.

[6] Posted by Father Wash-Ashore on 6-17-2012 at 06:51 AM · [top]

Welcome aboard, Father Wash-Ashore!  We’re glad you are here and hope you will stick around for more than just one article.

[7] Posted by Jackie on 6-17-2012 at 09:03 AM · [top]

Thank you, I shall!  I am fascinated by all things Anglican, and I don’t know when to shut up…

Regarding developments in England, one thing I bear in mind is that there seems not to be a one-to-one correlation between what is ‘conservative’ over there and over here.  There is a lot of overlap, we have a lot in common, but it’s not necessarily item for item.

[8] Posted by Father Wash-Ashore on 6-17-2012 at 01:03 PM · [top]

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