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Church of England rules out blessings for gay marriages (general)

posted by bibleprobe(R) Homepage, Mass., 02.18.2014

Church of England rules out blessings for gay marriages
By Belinda Goldsmith
February 17, 2014

Church of England priests will not be allowed to bless gay and lesbian weddings, or marry someone of the same sex themselves, according to new guidelines issued by the church, which is struggling to heal divides over homosexuality.

Same-sex marriage becomes legal in England next month, posing a dilemma for the Church of England, which is the mother church of the world’s 80 million Anglicans and maintains that marriage is between a man and a woman.

READ THIS at: Reuters

In their guidance, the bishops also said that people in a same-sex marriage should not be ordained as bishops, priests and deacons, nor should those in the ministry enter gay marriage.

Gay men and lesbians are welcomed into the church, but the bishops said: "The House is not willing for those who are in a same-sex marriage to be ordained to any of the three orders of ministry.

"In addition, it considers that it would not be appropriate conduct for someone in holy orders to enter into a same-sex marriage.

 


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