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Fr Mark's progressive Anglo-Catholic take on European Christianity

  • This is my collection of material about the current state of the churches in Europe. I am interested in looking at how they are dealing with the pressing issues of our time: the issues of gay people and women in ministry/ leadership are particularly pressing at the moment, as is the area of declining church attendance.

    I would like to see how Europe's traditional religious institutions are coping with the new Europe currently being forged, in which public opinion and ethical attitudes are becoming inceasingly pan-European, and are evidently presenting a series of strong challenges for the churches.

Church of Sweden – women bishops/ gay issue

Posted by Fr Mark on August 8, 2009

coat_of_arms251px-Svenska_kyrkan_vapen_svgThe newly-elected Bishop of Stockholm, Eva Brunne, is not only a woman but a partnered lesbian.





From, 09.06.09:


New Stockholm bishop is a lesbian

 The Stockholm diocese of the Church of Sweden elected an open lesbian,
 the Rev. Eva Brunne, as bishop May 26.
Brunne, 55, is in a registered partnership with the Rev. Gunilla Lindén and they have a 3-year-old son.

Brunne received 413 votes against 365 for her challenger, the Rev. Hans Ulfvebrand. The electors are clergy members and an equal number of lay people.

Brunne is believed to be the first openly lesbian bishop in the world.











From Diocese of Stockholm website:

Eva Brunne vann biskopsvalet i Stockholms stift

Vid den andra omgången av biskopsvalet, som hölls den 26 maj, fick stiftsprost Eva Brunne flest röster.

Eva Brunne fick 413 röster och kontraktsprost Hans Ulfvebrand, den andre biskopskandidaten, fick 365. Röstberättigade var drygt 900 personer, nämligen domkapitlets och stiftsstyrelsens ledamöter, de som är anställda som präster i stiftet eller i någon av dess församlingar och särskilt utsedda elektorer.
Så här fördelar sig rösterna kontraktsvis:
I Domkyrkokontraktet fick Brunne 45 röster, Ulfvebrand 42, i Östermalms och Lidingö fick Brunne 25 och Ulfvebrand 38, i Södermalms fick Brunne 23 och Ulfvebrand 31, i Brännkyrka fick Brunne 33 och Ulfvebrand 17, i Enskede fick Brunne 48 och Ulfvebrand 21, i Spånga fick Brunne 14 och Ulfvebrand 28, i Birka fick Brunne 16 och Ulfvebrand 17, i Sollentuna fick Brunne 30 och Ulfvebrand 39, i Roslags fick Brunne 37 och Ulfvebrand 31, i Solna fick Brunne 36 och Ulfvebrand 26, i Värmdö fick Brunne 25 och Ulfvebrand 24, i Huddinge och Botkyrka fick Brunne 51 och Ulfvebrand 16, i Södertörns kontrakt fick Brunne 19 och Ulfvebrand 26 i domkapitlet och stiftsstyrelsen fick Brunne 11 och Ulfvebrand 9. Totalt 40 röster var blanka och 3 ogiltiga.

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