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Episcopal Bishops Can Bless Gay Unions
Washington Post ^ | July 18, 2009 | William Wan

Posted on 07/18/2009 10:55:00 AM PDT by Zakeet

Episcopal Church officials voted yesterday to allow bishops the latitude to bless same-sex unions -- the second vote this week in favor of gay rights and one that may further divide the worldwide Anglican community.

On the last day of the church's triennial national convention in Anaheim, Calif., officials stopped short of creating liturgical rites to bless same-sex unions, but approved a compromise measure that allows bishops, especially in states where same-sex unions are legal, to bless the relationships. The key portion of the legislation says bishops "may provide generous pastoral response" for such unions.

The vote came three days after the church passed a resolution allowing for the ordination of gay bishops. Both moves have prompted strong reactions among the larger worldwide Anglican Church, of which the Episcopal Church is a part.

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the preeminent Anglican clergyman, had asked the Episcopalians before the convention not to take up issues that would further divide the church. This week, the influential bishop of Durham, England, wrote an essay describing the ongoing crisis as "a slow-moving train crash" and the most recent actions of the Episcopal Church as marking "a clear break with the rest of the Anglican Communion."

Meanwhile, gay rights advocates said this week's victories lay the groundwork for future moves.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


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The Episcopal Church: Laying the groundwork for future moves.

1 posted on 07/18/2009 10:55:01 AM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet
I dont understand how any Christian denomination could condone homosexuality.

Few things are more clear in the bible than that homosexuality is immoral, unnatural, and blatantly sinful behavior regarded as an abomination by god.

There are a lot of things that can be interrupted many different ways from reading the bible, but homosexuality is not one of them.

2 posted on 07/18/2009 11:00:56 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009
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To: Zakeet
Meanwhile, gay rights advocates said this week's victories lay the groundwork for future moves.

It is never enough. No matter what you do to appease these people (or any grievance group), it is never enough.

3 posted on 07/18/2009 11:04:49 AM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: Zakeet; Buck W.

Gay unions are perfectly compatible with evolution.


4 posted on 07/18/2009 11:05:37 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: TexasFreeper2009

“I dont understand how any Christian denomination could condone homosexuality.”

I’m not so sure they’re a “Christian Denomination” anymore!


5 posted on 07/18/2009 11:06:40 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: RegulatorCountry

You’re the expert...


6 posted on 07/18/2009 11:10:18 AM PDT by Buck W. (The President of the United States IS named Schickelgruber...)
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To: Zakeet

Why these jackwads pretend to be Christian is beyond me.


7 posted on 07/18/2009 11:11:49 AM PDT by MarineBrat (Fill your hands you sons of bitches!)
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To: Zakeet

Do they intend to replace chrism with Preparation H?


8 posted on 07/18/2009 11:13:33 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (The University of Notre Dame's motto: "Kill our unborn children? YES WE CAN!")
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To: Buck W.
You’re the expert...

Well, thank you. Now that you agree, that gay unions are perfectly compatible with evolution, would you care to address your ad nauseam repetition of "evolution is perfectly compatible with Christianity," combined with your odd contention that all Episcopalians are Christian?

9 posted on 07/18/2009 11:14:56 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Zakeet

Episcopal Church officials voted yesterday to allow bishops the latitude to bless same-sex unions —

Another group that has fallen of the path to the Kingdom..


10 posted on 07/18/2009 11:19:14 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Coming to You From the Front Lines of Occupied America)
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To: RegulatorCountry
Gay unions are perfectly compatible with evolution. You mean deleting themselves from the gene pool? :)
11 posted on 07/18/2009 11:19:59 AM PDT by Salman
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To: Zakeet
Can anyone do Photoshop to put a big scarlet "L" on each of their foreheads?

Cheers!

12 posted on 07/18/2009 11:20:01 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Zakeet

Didn’t they fudge a bit, packing all of this into an edict from a so-called church?


13 posted on 07/18/2009 11:21:24 AM PDT by shankbear (Al-Qaeda grew while Monica blew)
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To: Salman
You mean deleting themselves from the gene pool? :)

Yes, if they'd all just run off and disappear with some little Episcopalian poof, the world would be a better place, lol.

14 posted on 07/18/2009 11:22:23 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: shankbear
Didn’t they fudge a bit, packing all of this into an edict from a so-called church?

Oh no, you've got it bass-ackwards. The building confers salvation upon those who congregate within. < /sarc >

15 posted on 07/18/2009 11:23:46 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

Gay unions in the church must be acceptable. Only when most of the flock either leaves or splits off will I believe otherwise.

I wouldn’t attend a church one day after an edict like this.


16 posted on 07/18/2009 11:30:32 AM PDT by umgud (Look to gov't to solve your everday problems and they'll control your everday life.)
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To: umgud

Past, present or future, God exists outside of time, and modernity is meaningless to Him. His truth is therefore unchanging, and those who seek to make accomodations that undermine or negate His truth are not of Him or of Christ. Ergo, despite the buildings, despite the rituals, despite the misperceived sense of cultural belonging, they are not Christian.

It’s that simple.


17 posted on 07/18/2009 11:55:37 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Zakeet
""These actions could show other denominations that progress can be made without destroying the church," said Harry Knox, religion and faith director at the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay rights group.".

Uh, I've got news for you, "Miss" Knox. The Episcopal Church already has been torn apart and is dying off rapidly. Soon only a few thousand secular leftists and a bunch of building will remain.

18 posted on 07/18/2009 12:42:58 PM PDT by twister881
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To: umgud

Actually, this has been happening for years. The Anglican Church broke off and there are fewer Episcopalians today.

http://www.theacna.org/

The church voted for liberalization of their parishes and traditions, and the members voted with their feet.


19 posted on 07/18/2009 1:28:19 PM PDT by Morgan in Denver
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To: RegulatorCountry

You find it odd that all Episcopalians are Christians? I find that odd..


20 posted on 07/18/2009 1:30:06 PM PDT by Buck W. (The President of the United States IS named Schickelgruber...)
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To: Buck W.
You find it odd that all Episcopalians are Christians? I find that odd..

You really believe a name, a few rituals and a building have bestowed salvation upon you, don't you?

That's sort of pagan, Forrest.

21 posted on 07/18/2009 1:42:57 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: TexasFreeper2009
A memorable passage from my 1963 copy of Medieval History by Norman Cantor:

"If not a cause of social malaise, homosexuality is symptomatic of some deep-rooted malfunctioning of the social and moral order. It is worth noting that in two other societies (in addition to the late Roman Empire) that exhibited quite rapid declines, the medieval Arabic and the twentieth century English homosexuality flourished in the ruling class."

I won't live long enough to witness how history will regard our current era. I hope that honest historians will record how the Left murdered Western Civilization and Christianity.

22 posted on 07/18/2009 1:54:58 PM PDT by Jacquerie (We are in a civil war. The rats are winning.)
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To: Zakeet

Their signs are evasive in that they list what they’re really after last...that is, they want to force Americans to respect homosexuality. Sorry, won’t respect sin, rather it’s homosexuality, theft, murder lies or anything else and no amount of laws is going to change that. And the whole argument is fallacious anyway...there is NO right to marriage. A heterosexual person can’t marry someone of the same sex, just as a homosexual person can’t...no difference in treatment under the law. And if the return argument is that heterosexuals can marry who they want that is also false. They can not marry an under age person, they can not marry a close relative etc. So the entire “rights” argument is specious.


23 posted on 07/18/2009 2:00:37 PM PDT by highlander_UW
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