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Church of England Rules Gay Men in Civil Partnerships Can Become Bishops
The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1/4/13 | Peter Walker

Posted on 01/04/2013 11:58:20 AM PST by marshmallow

Gay clergy in civil partnerships will be allowed to become bishops if they are sexually abstinent, according to new policy

The Church of England has agreed that gay clergy in civil partnerships can become bishops so long as they remain sexually abstinent, a decision that looks set to reopen one of the church's most bitter internal debates.

The decision was taken in mid-December by the House of Bishops, the section of the General Synod which is responsible for church teaching.

A summary of the meeting was placed on the church's website on 20 December but the change to policy was buried within the text.

The statement notes that House of Bishops members had considered an interim report from a group led by Sir Joseph Pilling, a retired civil servant commissioned early last year to look into the church's attitudes to sexuality.

While the bishops said they would not issue more guidance on civil partnerships before the final report, they indicated that being in a civil partnership was not necessarily a bar to becoming a bishop.

The summary read: "[The House of Bishops] confirmed that the requirements in the 2005 statement concerning the eligibility for ordination of those in civil partnerships whose relationships are consistent with the teaching of the Church of England apply equally in relation to the episcopate."

The 2005 document gave guidance for clergy, for example if they were asked to bless civil partnerships, which had come into being the previous year. It also stated that the House of Bishops did not see being in a civil partnership as "intrinsically incompatible with holy orders" provided those concerned could give assurances the relationship was not sexually active. However, the 2005 statement did not extend this to bishops.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Mainline Protestant; Ministry/Outreach; Moral Issues; Theology
KEYWORDS: homosexualagenda

1 posted on 01/04/2013 11:58:25 AM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Pretty soon, they’ll be ordaining hogs.


2 posted on 01/04/2013 12:01:01 PM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: marshmallow
Hey what do expect from a Church that was created for the sole purpose of allowing a King to get rid of his wives?
3 posted on 01/04/2013 12:02:59 PM PST by apillar
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To: marshmallow

Archie Bunker had England ALL figured out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dKpHtc9F9M


4 posted on 01/04/2013 12:04:23 PM PST by massmike (At least no one is wearing a "Ron Paul - 2016" tee shirt........yet!)
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To: marshmallow

I wonder if Henry VIII knew he was creating the Church of Sodomites


5 posted on 01/04/2013 12:04:35 PM PST by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President.)
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To: marshmallow

I’m not totally familiar with the rules of Anglicans as opposed to Catholics. Are Anglican priests allowed to marry?


6 posted on 01/04/2013 12:07:27 PM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: marshmallow; Revolting cat!

“eatin’ ain’t cheatin’” will soon be the MANtra.


7 posted on 01/04/2013 12:08:11 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: marshmallow
Gay clergy in civil partnerships will be allowed to become bishops ...

'I AM a trendsetter. Take that you English beasts.'

8 posted on 01/04/2013 12:11:27 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: marshmallow

And the devil laughs all that much harder.


9 posted on 01/04/2013 12:16:37 PM PST by dbehsman (NRA Life Member, and loving every minute of it!)
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To: marshmallow

LOL, who on earth actually takes the Church of England seriously. It’s a complete joke at this point.


10 posted on 01/04/2013 12:25:21 PM PST by Longbow1969
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To: marshmallow

Two men living together with abstinence are just two men living in the same house.

They aren’t really partners unles they bend over for each other.

This is really stupid.Why do they even need to say that they can live together without sex, Of course they can.


11 posted on 01/04/2013 12:32:32 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Hoodat

Yes, they are allowed to marry. Used to be that if a married priest became divorced, then HE would have to leave the priesthood. Sadly, not only are there divorced and re-married priests and bishops, but now in some countries, they can be practicing homosexuals or lesbians. Jesus still weeps.


12 posted on 01/04/2013 12:34:03 PM PST by miele man
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To: apillar
Hey what do expect from a Church that was created for the sole purpose of allowing a King to get rid of his wives?

Indeed, the fact that it has survived nearly 500 years since shows the strength of the original Christian roots. But now that tree is dying, roots and all.

13 posted on 01/04/2013 12:42:01 PM PST by PGR88
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To: marshmallow

O_-


14 posted on 01/04/2013 12:46:21 PM PST by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: marshmallow

And the “Church of England” will officially change its name to the “Church of Peaderstry”.


15 posted on 01/04/2013 12:47:07 PM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: marshmallow

O_o


16 posted on 01/04/2013 12:47:07 PM PST by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: apillar

William Rufus, Richard I, Edward II and James I would all have likely approved. In fact it might have spared Edward II a royal pain in the arse if gay rights had existed ( his wife would have just had his head chopped off).


17 posted on 01/04/2013 12:57:05 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: marshmallow

Ah, the joys of private judgment.


18 posted on 01/04/2013 1:12:12 PM PST by wideawake
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To: marshmallow

“can become bishops so long as they remain sexually abstinent”
What are the chances gays living in a relationship will remain sexually abstinent? It is amazing how human nature is constantly denied and ignored. Leftism is truly emotion based.


19 posted on 01/04/2013 1:13:33 PM PST by Enten (I don't have islamophobia...I do have islamonausea)
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To: apillar
Hey what do expect from a Church that was created for the sole purpose of allowing a King to get rid of his wives?

Yep. The logical outcome of rationalizing sexual sin.

20 posted on 01/04/2013 1:23:49 PM PST by Albion Wilde ("If you're going through hell, keep on going."--Winston Churchill)
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To: marshmallow

Yeah, sure, why not. Let’s have monkeys be bishops too.


21 posted on 01/04/2013 1:37:53 PM PST by AdaGray (squi)
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To: marshmallow

These guys would make terrible chess players.

I mean, if you can’t tell a bishop from a queen...


22 posted on 01/04/2013 1:50:43 PM PST by Our man in washington
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To: marshmallow

Time to call the realtors. Someone get the lights.


23 posted on 01/04/2013 2:16:11 PM PST by marron
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To: PGR88
Well. The Anglican church survived by riding the back of the British Empire. Now, the church in the anglosphere is moribund, and the former colonies of the South have a vibrant faith, strong in the traditions. The bishops of places like Nigeria have better educations and are more faithful than the etiolated wraiths of Canterbury and similar graveyards in the making.
24 posted on 01/04/2013 3:10:12 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: PGR88; apillar
13 Hey what do expect from a Church that was created for the sole purpose of allowing a King to get rid of his wives?

Indeed, the fact that it has survived nearly 500 years since shows the strength of the original Christian roots. But now that tree is dying, roots and all.

To be fair, the reformation movement was already afoot in England when Henry VIII tried to have his cake and eat it too. Those reformers were in the right place at the right time to help push Henry VIII along to the seperation from Rome.

Yes, all indications point to the CoE as an orchard tree which no longer bears fruit. I read about people calling for disestablishment of the CoE from the UK government but am not sure how that would bring folks back into the pews. Many are watching as the new nominee for the Archbishop of Canterbury is about to be consecrated to fully assume the office.

Anglicanism worldwide, specifically the Commonwealth nations (including the TEC in the U.S.), is definately in retreat. However, it appears to be flourishing in the 3rd world. Maybe it's time for those churches to missionize in the 1st world Commonwealth nations, e.g., the AMiA = Anglican Mission in America.

25 posted on 01/04/2013 3:57:34 PM PST by MacNaughton
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