The Archbishop Of Armagh’s Presidential Address At General Synod 2012

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Arising out of the atmosphere created and the desire expressed at the Conference on Human Sexuality in the Context of Christian Belief that we should continue the journey of respectful and charitable listening in pursuit of deeper and clearer understanding of the will and purpose of God in these matters, the archbishops and bishops of the Church of Ireland, with the encouragement of the Standing Committee, will seek to present three motions offering a possible way forward.

The motions that the Archbishop of Dublin and the Bishop of Down and Dromore will seek to introduce belong together. The first sets out the doctrinal understanding of marriage and the appropriate context for sexual intercourse, as currently set forth in the formularies of the Church of Ireland. To set out the current position is not to pre–determine any future adjudication the General Synod may reach on such matters. Indeed, Canon 31, which is quoted in the first motion, actually takes the form that it does as a direct result of decisions taken by the General Synod permitting the re–marriage in church of divorced persons is itself witnesses to the fact that Canons may be added, altered, refined, replaced or abolished by the General Synod at its absolute discretion.

The second motion acknowledges openly the hurt and injury experienced at times by Lesbian and Gay people as a result of the words and actions of Church members. It articulates the commitment of the Church of Ireland to being sensitive to the pastoral needs of Gay and Lesbian people and a safe and welcoming place for everyone.

The third motion, if approved, directs the Standing Committee to bring to next year’s synod recommendations for the formation of a Select Committee to study the issue of Human Sexuality in the Context of Christian Belief and to report progress to the General Synod on the basis of a specific timetable.

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Filed under: * Anglican - EpiscopalAnglican ProvincesChurch of IrelandSexuality Debate (in Anglican Communion)Same-sex blessings

Posted May 10, 2012 at 8:01 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. driver8 wrote:

Very sensitively done. Upshot: things stay as they are, at least for now and please don’t be rude.

A prize to the person who can nuance this speech more than it is already and, of course, no prize too.

May 10, 3:36 pm | [comment link]
2. driver8 wrote:

Ooops - it all went wrong. All that nuanced sensitivity and still all heck broke loose. The “compromise” motion that simply restated the COI current view was initially ruled out of order on the thinnest of technicalities, then re-introduced and will now be debated tomorrow. Amazing stuff.

May 11, 4:51 pm | [comment link]
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