Bishop who leads Central Gulf Coast Episcopal diocese will bless same-sex unions

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Although the spiritual leader of Pensacola-area Episcopal churches is conflicted, he has decided to authorize blessing same-sex unions.

The Rt. Rev. Philip M. Duncan II, bishop of the 63-congregation Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast, stated in a letter to his flock of about 19,000 people: “I will consider each request for blessing individually, and I shall permit it where it has pastoral warrant.”

Duncan’s statement followed a decision by bishops at the Episcopal General Convention in Indianapolis this month to approve rites for gay and lesbian relationships....

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Posted July 18, 2012 at 6:59 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. Archer_of_the_Forest wrote:

That will go over like a lead balloon in the Deep South.

July 18, 10:04 am | [comment link]
2. dwstroudmd+ wrote:

Sun rises in East, sets in West.  Dog bites man.  Et cetera.

July 18, 12:07 pm | [comment link]
3. Karen B. wrote:

Does anyone know if the roll call vote on the SSB resolution has been posted anywhere?  It would be interesting to see how all the bishops voted. 

If I recall correctly Philip Duncan voted against VGR’s consent back in 2003, but I guess his theology has changed in 9 years…

July 18, 2:56 pm | [comment link]
4. David Keller wrote:

#1 and 3, It probably speaks more to who is left in TEC, that a bishop in the deep South can get away with it.

July 18, 4:54 pm | [comment link]
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