(News Letter) Church of Ireland bishops split on marriage vote

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Two Church of Ireland bishops have taken the highly unusual step of publicly voting against a motion brought by other bishops which re-stated the church’s traditional teaching on marriage.

The liberal bishops of Cork and Cashel and Ossory opposed a General Synod motion which attempted to clarify the church’s teaching on same-sex relationships by stating that marriage can only be between a man and a woman.

In a public display of the disagreements within the Church of Ireland’s leadership on the issue of homosexuality, Bishops Michael Burrows and Paul Colton voted against the motion at the church’s general synod in Dublin, while the 10 other bishops supported it.

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Filed under: * Anglican - EpiscopalAnglican ProvincesChurch of IrelandSexuality Debate (in Anglican Communion)Same-sex blessings* Christian Life / Church LifeParish Ministry

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Posted May 14, 2012 at 4:42 pm

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1. Ralinda wrote:

“Split” isn’t exactly the best term if only 2 out of 12 disagreed.  Those 2 might more properly be considered outliers.

May 14, 10:38 pm | [comment link]
2. clarin wrote:

It would be grievous for them to uphold a policy with which they disagree in conscience.
Let them take the honorable course and resign.
Michael and Paul, go with our blessing.

May 15, 2:15 am | [comment link]
3. dwstroudmd+ wrote:

Do they wish to be considered for the ABC-ship?
Otherwise, clarin is correct.  Though I will buy Guinness for any who will bet they actually have it in their conscience to disagree intensely enough to resign in protest.
What office are they running for?  President of the USA?

May 15, 4:28 pm | [comment link]


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