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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.

Belgium – the gay issue

Posted by Fr Mark on August 11, 2009



460px-Coats_of_arms_of_Belgium_Government_svgThis report refers to a same-sex marriage blessed in a Roman Catholic Church in Ghent, and says this is not the first time this has happened there.

From Wel Jong Niet Hetero, 25.05.04
In Gent is afgelopen vrijdag een homohuwelijk kerkelijk ingezegend. De Belgische Bischoppenconferentie was niet op de hoogte en reageert afkeurend. Dat schrijft Het Laatste Nieuws. Volgens Toon Osaer van de bisschoppenconferentie zal het bisdom Gent moeten uitmaken of er sancties volgen.

Volgens Rik Torfs, professor kerkelijk recht, zijn steeds meer priesters ervoor te vinden om een huwelijk van een homokoppel in te zegenen. Het huwelijk in Gent zou trouwens niet het eerste kerkelijke homohuwelijk zijn in ons land.

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