Anglican Ink—Evangelical backlash follows England’s decision to allow bishops in civil partnerships

Posted by Kendall Harmon

A spokesman for the Church of England told Anglican Ink the decision to end the moratorium was not a reversal of policy, but an extension of the policy adopted in 2005 for the ordination of deacons and priests to now include episcopal appointments.

Liberal activists welcomed the announcement, seeing in the end of the moratorium a step forward towards the full inclusion of gays and lesbians into the life of the Church of England. The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement’s chief executive the Rev Sharon Ferguson noted that “removing the ban on bishops in civil partnerships is a positive measure but we must now see it come to fruition.”

However Dr. Philip Giddings and Canon Chris Sugden of Anglican Mainstream argued a “decision to move from the current position would be a grave departure from the Church's doctrine and discipline it should be made by Bishops in Synod not by Bishops alone."

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Posted January 8, 2013 at 8:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Br. Michael wrote:

It’s pretty much clear that the Church of England is determined to mainstream homosexual sex and to drop standards of morality with out acknowledging what they are doing.  I for one don’t care.  They are going to do what they are going to do and I don’t have to be a member of such a Church.  I can’t control what they are going to do and they don’t care about me.  But I do care about me and I can control what Church I go to.

January 8, 3:00 pm | [comment link]
2. Jim the Puritan wrote:

Many Christians left the Church of England in the 1600s because of its spiritual corruption.  It can happen again.

January 8, 3:25 pm | [comment link]
3. Cennydd13 wrote:

Add immorality to the mix, and things may really get interesting.

January 8, 4:39 pm | [comment link]
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